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  • UK Soil Observatory launched

    The UK Soil Observatory (UKSO), launched today in London, is a ‘big data’ initiative that provides a portal for unified UK soils data and information. Until recently soils data, knowledge and expertise was scattered across a wide range of institutions. UKSO will give improved access to data and information including fully described data sets, analytical tools and analyses allowing users to...

  • UK Ministers Appoint Peter Kendall as New Chair for the AHDB

    The Government has appointed Peter Kendall as the new Chair of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) with effect from 1 April 2014 for a three-year term. Mr Kendall, previously NFU President, will take over the role with AHDB from John Godfrey CBE FCA FRAgS, who stepped down after his term in office at the end of March this year.   This is a Ministerial appointment,...

    7 April 2014

  • Potato Council responds to water abstraction reform

    Water use and supply is an essential factor in potato crop production. AHDB recently responded to Environment minister Dan Rogerson’s government consultation on abstraction reform to the 50-year-old licensing system which closed at the end of March.    “The management and efficient use of water is a high priority within the GB potato industry,” explains Potato Council’s water expert...

    8 April 2014

  • Storage 2020 - looking ahead to address post-harvest challenges

    Potato Council’s sustainable storage initiative 'Storage 2020' got underway with a new conference in February, which was sponsored by Certis and held at Peterborough Arena. Over 250 industry delegates saw experts from the UK and overseas present their thoughts on how GB’s potato storage needs to change to meet the demands of 2020 and beyond.    “Storage 2020 has been introduced with a...

    8 April 2014

  • Optimising quality at tuber initiation

    A three year Potato Council-funded study has just been completed which has evaluated the irrigation requirements for a range of varieties for tuber quality, while also accessing the impact to beneficial soil microorganisms.   Start dates for irrigation have become earlier in the life of the crop. The main driver for this has been quality and the control of common scab in both the pre-pack...

    8 April 2014