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  • Virus vigilance

    The evolution of aphid and virus populations means GB is facing continued challenges to control the spread of virus in crops. The latest Potato Council research ensures growers are one-step-ahead.  With 2013 crop planting underway, it won’t be long before growers and agronomists are considering aphid management this season. “It’s therefore a good opportunity to remind...

    8 April 2013

  • To improve crop yields start with best practice seed management

    With the start of 2013 planting under way, Simon Alexander of SA Consulting notes the importance of good seed management this season.It’s vital to be ready for seed deliveries, and when they do arrive, check the delivery and know what’s in there. “Bags should be labelled and carry the appropriate seal from the certifying authority. Inspect the seed and where necessary wash a...

    8 April 2013

  • New on-line PCN model launched

     Potato Council has recently launched a new on-line model for Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN), replacing an older CD version. The new pallida model is more user friendly allowing more flexibility to look at “what if” scenarios.  PCN is the most significant pest of potatoes in Britain, with an estimated 64% of potato land infested, with Globodera pallida being the dominant...

    8 April 2013

  • Soil Protection Review (SPR) 2012 needs to be completed

    Growers are reminded that the Soil Protection Review (SPR) 2012 needs to be completed by the 31st December 2012.  The purpose of the Soil Protection Review is to prevent erosion, compaction and damage to landscape features and to maintain soil structure and organic matter. Forms and guidance can be accessed via the Rural Payments Agency website.You must update your SPR, each year and...

    19 December 2012

  • Soil management a priority for Scottish growers

    Growers are reminded that soil management needs to be a priority, after this difficult season and to make sure your farm soil management plans are up to date. It is essential that you stay within the rules of cross compliance and not run the risk of a 5% penalty on the single farm payment.Attention is increasing across all sectors on the need to preserve soil quality and maintain soil...

    18 December 2012