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  • Sustaining demand for GB potatoes

    Potato Council is working hard to sustain demand for British potatoes both at home and abroad, revealed chairman Allan Stevenson to 650 growers and processors at Potatoes in Practice (PiP) held at SCRI’s Balruddery Farm near Dundee on 12 August, 2010. Allan noted that, in general, sales of potatoes had held up well during the recession, except for organic and loose potatoes “We are reaching out...

    2 August 2011

  • Update on latest blight research

    New strains of P. infestans may be more aggressive when it comes to causing late blight on leaves, but less is known about their ability to attack tubers. Indeed, given that tuber blight levels have actually fallen at a time when new strains like 13_A2 and 6_A1 have been increasing, it is tempting to conclude they are actually less aggressive in this department.As part of a wider project (GB...

    2 August 2011

  • Training course on CIPC

    A new BASIS training course developed on behalf of the Potato Industry CIPC Stewardship Group will help ensure that everyone recommending the use of key sprout suppressant CIPC is properly qualified to do so. The two-day programme is aimed specifically at store managers and CIPC applicators will be rolled out this autumn.“Anyone recommending the use of CIPC has to be BASIS qualified,” says Dr...

    2 August 2011

  • Storage preparation

    Growers must check that CIPC fogging machines have been tested before they are put to use this autumn. Since the start of this year all machines, whether contractor-operated or grower-owned, have to go through the National Sprayer Testing Scheme, a key part of the Voluntary Initiative which aims to ensure machinery delivers pesticides efficiently with minimal impact on the environment.“The test...

    2 August 2011

  • Top ten tips for storage

    Adrian Cunnington, Head of Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research, suggests some key issues to be thinking about ahead of your potato storage this autumn. 1. PlanningGood planning is critical to any storage situation. Think about matching stores to varieties, potential loading date, storage duration and any chemical use. Try to minimise costs by using your most efficient stores for the longest...

    2 August 2011

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