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  • Focus sharpens on residues

    More potatoes than ever before have been sampled by the Pesticide Residues Committee in the latest quarterly survey.  Despite none exceeding statutory residue limits, Potato Council is urging the industry not to be complacent.Pesticide residues on potatoes have come under more scrutiny than ever before, the Potato Council has warned.  Growers applying chlorpropham (CIPC) to stored...

    11 September 2011

  • The fullness factor

    A Potato Council-funded research study commences this year at Oxford Brookes University, to learn how potatoes satisfy the appetite compared with meals of similar calorific values, such as rice, bread and pasta.How full do you feel after eating potatoes?  Forty participants from 18 to 60 years of age are about to take part in the latest Potato Council-funded study on satiety at Oxford...

    11 September 2011

  • Industry meets to agree best practice

    Potato Council’s Marketable Yield and Blight forums, on February 9 and 10, will ensure potato growers get a clear strategy on how to boost returns and keep disease at bay.  Industry experts will use the Peterborough meetings to focus on research findings and future priorities.An agreed industry approach as to how R&D and best practice can boost marketable yield and keep blight at bay is...

    11 September 2011

  • Benefits rolled out from seed rate work

    A new project will ensure nine more varieties will get seed rate recommendations that maximise marketable crop yield.  These are based on seed size and age research carried out at Cambridge University Farm.New seed rate recommendations that offer growers the opportunity to cut cost and wastage are set to be rolled out to the majority of the UK crop, thanks to a new BPC-funded project...

    11 September 2011

  • Seed industry must play to its strengths

    With exports up and reputation never better, the mood was upbeat for more than 170 growers, merchants, seed suppliers, packers and processors who gathered at Potato Council’s Seed Industry Event near Perth on October 30.Sales of British seed may be buoyed by its strong reputation, but this is no time for growers to rest on their laurels.  This word of caution was given by president of the...

    11 September 2011

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