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  • CIPC: Use it properly or lose it

    Growers should not delay using CIPC, as the sprout suppressant should be applied while tubers are still dormant. Technologist Adrian Briddon from Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research (SBSRC) reminds growers that, over the whole season, packing potatoes can receive up to only 36g / tonne of the sprout suppressant CIPC and processing potatoes up to 63.75g / tonne.“Once sprouting occurs, store...

    2 August 2011

  • Diagnostic tools

    Agronomists can now use quicker and more accurate diagnostic tools to detect fungal and bacterial pathogens on tubers, industry delegates at the SBCSR Storage Event heard. Glyn Harper from Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research (SBCSR) and Jeff Peters from the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) told visitors to the Storage Event in September that faster diagnosis of disease in store was...

    2 August 2011

  • New research facility opened at Sutton Bridge Storage Event

    Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research (SBCSR) officially opened its new, purpose-built storage units at the Storage Event on September 2. Opening the new Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board Potato Council research stores, the government spokesman for Energy and Climate Change, Lord Taylor of Holbeach, congratulated the authorities for their foresight in investing in facilities that will...

    2 August 2011

  • Are your employees trained how to use potato harvesters safely?

    The Potato Council harvester training module DVD is now available in English, Polish, Portuguese, Lithuanian and Latvian. This invaluable tool covers all the risks potato harvester operators face in addition to promoting safe working practices. “Everyone knows of someone who has had an accident with machinery during potato harvesting. Most potato harvesters have not been used since last...

    2 August 2011

  • Reduce Bruising and Save Money

    Growers could save themselves thousands of pounds a year by reducing the amount of tuber bruising that occurs during and after harvest. Overall, bruising costs the potato industry about £26m a year in lost quality and marketable yield, the equivalent of £200 for each ha grown in Great Britain, says Eric Anderson of Scottish Agronomy. To manage bruising successfully, a basic understanding of...

    2 August 2011

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