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  • Water abstraction tap set to tighten

    As the irrigation season continues across England and Wales, Defra has issued two new consultations on water abstraction. Potato Council is urging growers to ensure best practice and stay abreast of the changes coming in under the Water Framework Directive.The regulation of water abstraction has increased under the Water Framework Directive and Defra is currently consulting with industry...

    30 August 2011

  • Replicating bulk store success

    A three-year Potato Council-funded project commenced in autumn 2008 to aid the effectiveness of chlorpropham (CIPC) application in box stores.A new three-year Potato Council-funded research project has begun to optimise and manage chlorpropham (CIPC) application in box stores. This follows the success of similar trials in bulk stores conducted by Sutton Bridge Experimental Unit (SBEU) and...

    30 August 2011

  • An expensive time for storage

    Most potatoes are now out of store but there may still be a few small loads hanging on till the end of season. FEC Services’ Andrew Kneeshaw offers advice and tips on keeping storage costs down.As the last loads remain in store, it is important to be aware that costs can be very high, especially if you only have 100 tonnes sat in the end of a 1,000 tonne store. The main reasons for this are...

    30 August 2011

  • Precision farming offers stewardship solution

    A precision-farming workshop at East Midlands Potato Day concluded there is not enough independent research to validate findings. But there is huge potential for Autosteer precision guidance to develop efficiencies for the industry and the technology holds promise to address impending tighter regulation of inputs.Potato growers are sceptical of the benefits available through variable-rate...

    30 August 2011

  • New test to spot crop that’s got rot

    A new LINK-funded project aims to give growers and packhouse managers a quick and early test to gauge risk of rotting. If successful it could reduce food waste and increase consumer and retailer confidence in the quality of fresh produce.An innovative project is underway to find a test that could reduce some of the estimated 6.7 million tonnes of avoidable household food waste produced each...

    30 August 2011

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