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  • International plant scientist recognised for contributions to potato crops

    This year’s British Potato Industry Award (BPIA) winner has undoubtedly made a major contribution to plant breeding, leading to improvements in science, crop production and variety development. Fiona Fell, Chair of Potato Council, paid tribute to George MacKay, MBE during the presentation of his award at the biennial Seed Industry Event at Crieff on 25th November. “It is an honour to present...

    27 November 2014

  • AHDB pestipaedia is an essential tool for crop bug spotters

    The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has issued a publication to help growers manage pests and natural enemies in field crops.   The Encyclopaedia of pests and natural enemies in field crops details both the major and minor pests commonly associated with cropping rotations.   The landmark publication is the result of collaboration between AHDB’s crop divisions...

    11 November 2014

  • Whole supply chain focus at November’s potato strategy conference

    ‘From seed to ware’, this year’s Seed Industry Event (SIE14) on 25 November, at the Crieff Hydro in Perthshire, widens its’ appeal to the whole supply chain, covering seed, plant health, pest and disease advice, seed supplier and customer case studies, processing, storage and retail insights.    This year’s seed event will not just be about seed! The speaker programme features...

    5 November 2014

  • Another unique season

    In the final push to get the store doors closed on the last of the 2014 crop, safeguarding store quality is going to be vital.   A complex mix of factors come into play each season which provide a varying crop position together with different quality challenges that influence market conditions.    “The most extreme in recent years (see graph) include the crop shortage and high...

    5 November 2014

  • Keeping sprouts at bay

    During September nationwide CIPC Stewardship meetings focused on the new 2014/15 label requirements, Best Practice for CIPC use and the ways alternatives can complement a successful sprout suppression regime.     In July, the CIPC Approval Holders announced new label rates for 2014/15. These are now 30 grams/tonne for the fresh market and 58 g/t for processing.    The...

    5 November 2014