In the midst of one of the toughest potato storage seasons on record, the Potato Council is hosting a technical Storage Day event at Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research on Thursday 28 February.
With over 200 people having attended the last event dedicated to the issues of potato storage in November, there is now a second opportunity to learn from industry experts and take part in interactive workshops.
We received excellent feedback from the November event in terms of content and the quality of the speakers, says Potato Councils Head of Communications Sharon Hall.
She notes that CIPC stewardship will be at the top of the event agenda. The potato industry must take a united stand in facing up to the challenges to CIPC and it needs to be a priority for the farm owner, the store manager, the purchaser of the crop and the wider industry. Adrian Briddon from Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research will review the history of CIPC use in Great Britain and sets out some scenarios on how its use may continue in the future.
The agenda will also have a strong focus on blackleg, in response to the unusually high disease pressure in 2012. Glyn Harper will provide an update on the latest best practice management of this disease, both in the field and in store.
The mid-morning workshops will offer an opportunity for delegates to provide feedback on the storage research programme and on the delivery of services from Potato Council. It is important to us that levy payers have the chance to let us know where they feel that we should be focusing our efforts for improvement, adds
Also on the agenda are seed storage, novel sprout suppressants, lessons from a difficult season and a disease identification workshop. Glyn Harper and Sophie Lock will look at the outcome of the Potato Council seed survey, whilst Adrian Briddon and Ajay Jina from SBCSR will explore the potential of new sprout suppressants (many of which can also be used as seed treatments). Adrian Cunnington and Tim Kitson from Potato Solutions Limited will discuss the challenges of 2012 and the disease identification workshop will be run by Graeme Stroud and Darran Bill.
There will also be an opportunity over lunch to discuss the cost of production with the Potato Council Knowledge Transfer Team. Through the knowledge trail there will be BASIS points awarded for attendance at the presentations, workshops and lunchtime discussions.
To attend this event, or one of the other Potato Council events (Storage Forum Kinross, Perthshire on 26 February, or the Hereford Potato Day on 6 March) please contact Miya Kotecha on [email protected]or call 0779 220 9919. Further information can also be found at www.potato.org.uk/events/storage-forum-sutton-bridge.