Grower Gateway - Issue 1, 2012
||Raising issues awareness at Winter Forums|
Input losses can cause inadvertent pollution and can affect growers’ profit margins, says Nigel Simpson, project manager for Catchment Sensitive Farming, who will be speaking at this year’s Winter Forums. These will take place on January 25 at Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research and February 16 at Harper Adams University College. More...
Chris Steele’s Top Planting Tips
||Reduce blackleg risk in seed|
Growers should take suitable measures this season to minimise the chances of blackleg infections in the field this coming season, warns Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research plant pathologist Dr Glyn Harper. More...
||Measuring energy use is first step to reducing costs|
Closer monitoring of electricity use in potato stores can significantly reduce bills, Potato Council research has revealed. It will also help meet increasingly tight carbon footprint requirements being introduced by multinational buyers and supermarkets. More...
||Steps towards making irrigation more efficient|
Making the most efficient use of irrigation is becoming increasingly important as application costs spiral. While checking equipment is often the first action that springs to mind, a little time spent checking what happens to the water once it hits the soil could also pay dividends. More...
||Controlling weed problems|
Potato growers will have to put greater reliance on post-emergence herbicides to control problem weeds as residual chemistry comes under pressure from both regulators and the weather. More...
||Act now and reduce the potential glyphosate contamination risk|
If you are renting land for seed potatoes, identify surrounding crops that pose a risk of providing glyphosate contamination and make sure your landlord understands the issue, recommends Potato Council head of seed and export Mark Prentice. More...
||World Potato Congress speakers outline key developments in 2012|
This year’s World Potato Congress, to be held in Edinburgh in May and organised by Potato Council, has attracted a remarkable line-up of international speakers. Grower Gateway asks them what notable developments for growers they think 2012 will bring. More...
Events and publications
January 25: Winter Forum East (Sutton Bridge)
February 8-10: Fruit Logistica, Berlin
February 8: SAC Potato Growers Conference, York racecourse
February 16: Winter Forum West, Harper Adams
March 1: Storage Forum East, Sutton Bridge
March 2: Storage Forum West, Herefordshire racecourse
April/May: South West Potato Day (date and venue tbc)
May 27-30: World Potato Congress, Edinburgh www.wpc2012.net
June: Welsh Potato Day (date and venue tbc)
June: West Midlands Potato Day (date and venue tbc)
June: South East Potato Day (date and venue tbc)
July 5: East Midlands Potato Day, Manor Farm, Holbeach Hurn
July 17: Fife Potato Day (venue tbc)
August 9: Potatoes in Practice, Balruddery Farm, Dundee
August 30: East of England Potato Day (Suffolk)
September 4: North of England Potato Day (venue tbc)
September 12-13: Potato Europe, France
November 29: Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research Storage Day
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