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  • 2012 - a watershed year for the potato industry

    Dear Levy payer, Not a day goes by right now without a discussion about crop size, quality and availability. Over the last couple of months we’ve extended our contact with industry to make sure that those who need it have an evidence based, up to date briefing of the current situation. This has entailed supplementing our usual Potato Weekly calls with an extra round of discussions...

    25 September 2012

  • CIPC in cold stores: time to re-assess

    The advantage of an effective sprout suppressant like CIPC is that it works under most conditions at an affordable price and with minimal impact on the crop’s marketability. This means it has been a universal solution for control of sprouting in potato storage – even when the crop has been held at very cold temperatures – and could be easily applied and re-applied should the need arise. ...

    24 September 2012

  • Successful Storage is within reach of the whole industry

    Successful storage is within reach of the whole industry - but neglect the store at your peril!!The team at Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research is gearing up for the Potato Council Storage Day to be held at SBCSR on 29th November. The day will feature a range of activities, all with a storage theme and will be a must attend event for all those facing the challenges of the 2012/13 season....

    24 September 2012

  • Aphid Resistance

    A new Potato Council research project to monitor the resistance status of Myzus persicae and other aphid pests to a range of insecticides should help growers protect their crops against these highly damaging pests. The need for this work was heightened by the recent discovery in southern Europe of populations of Myzus persicae (peach potato aphid) that are highly resistant to...

    24 September 2012

  • CIPC in box stores

    CIPC specialist Adrian Briddon from Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research reports on the latest research into the use of CIPC in box stores.  The UK is pretty much unique in that many of our stores are box stores. Elsewhere bulk storage is far more common. Although box stores are used occasionally on the continent, these typically have positive ventilation, like bulk stores – where air...

    25 July 2012