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  • Innovation critical in processed potato sector, claims industry CEO

     Pushing the boundaries is critical to success, according to McCain Foods regional CEO Nick Vermont. Speaking at the East Midlands Potato Day held at QV Foods, Holbeach Hurn, Lincolnshire, (July 5) he spoke of McCain Foods’ objective of innovation to make it easy for everyone to enjoy good food. Foods need to give consumers the ‘feel-good’ factor and be quick and easy to prepare,...

    19 September 2011

  • Wealth of advice and flexible timetable at North of England Potato Day

     For Yorkshire potato grower Stuart Stark, the North of England Potato Day is an unmissable event. The managing director of Fridlington Farms Limited, who is responsible for 520 acres of processing potatoes grown for Walkers Crisps and McCain Foods, believes the flexibility of the programme will make it easier for growers to attend at what will be a busy time of year. The event held at...

    15 September 2011

  • Jerry Knox to speak at East of England Potato Day

     Dr Jerry Knox of Cranfield University will be examining water use at the Potato Councils East of England Potato Day to be held at Frederick Hiam Ltd, Hill Farm, Tuddenham, Bury St Edmunds, IP28 6TA, on September 1. Dr Knox will examine water auditing and efficient water use to help plan the management of this limited resource. Dr Knox will also lead on  a workshop on soil and...

    14 September 2011

  • The drought that got away

     Irrigate with the right amount of water, at the right time, in the right place, growers were urged by Dr Jerry Knox at the well-attended Potato Council East of England day (September 1, Tuddenham, Bury St Edmunds). Improved water efficiency may not necessarily mean using less water, but it should ensure maximum crop uptake and better yields and quality, said the principal research...

    17 October 2011

  • Aphmon

     The Potato Council-funded network of 100 Yellow Water Traps (Aphmon) will go live in May.   The service has been updated and new thresholds can now be chosen to trigger alerts.  “Timing is of the essence for efficient aphid control,” explains virus specialist Drummond Todd, who urges seed potato growers to sign up for this important service.   “Monitoring...

    12 August 2011