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Essex farm teams up with The Prince’s Countryside Fund to say – thank you, farmers

Founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2010, The Prince’s Countryside Fund (PCF) is the only UK-wide charity that empowers family farms and rural communities to ensure their future.

Alternaria now a significant threat

Alternaria used to be a minor disease. But for some potato crops in the UK, it’s now a significant threat that can cause substantial yield loss. According to guests of the latest ‘Perfecting Potatoes Together’ podcast, the likelihood of infection has risen sharply in recent weeks as a number of risk factors have come together.

“Once it’s gone it’s gone”: Growing calls to save leading potato research centre

Ray Andrews, managing director of Norfolk-based Crop Systems Limited, is urging MPs and the potato industry to help save Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research, which is set for closure as AHDB Potatoes winds down.

Seaweed-biostimulant helping potato growers stay cool in the summer heat

Growers without access to irrigation systems are being encouraged to follow the lead of one Lincolnshire farmer who has embraced seaweed to help his crop fend off the effects of heat stress.

Vigilance urged as weather threatens to increase potato blight disease risk

Now is the time to protect potato crops against late blight after Hutton Criteria disease warnings were declared in key potato-growing areas.

Blight control for today and tomorrow

Blight is the bane of potato growing and experts warn that, long-term, pressure in the UK is only set to rise. We asked a specialist agronomist, a grower and a crop protection manufacturer about best-practice now and in the future

No compromise for slug control in potatoes

Achieving a good quality potato ridge comprising a fine tilth with minimal clods this season will be critical if a high level of slug control is to be achieved.

Surge in sales due to changing weather patterns

With the potato industry having to adapt to a host of market changes and an increasingly changing weather pattern, Scotts has reported a signifficant surge in windrower kits and retro-fit Evolution separator sales

Can blight-resistant potato varieties offer effective resistance yet still taste good?

Varieties that are resistant to late blight can be agronomically very good, and Blackthorn Arable agronomist Martyn Cox says he has been pleasantly surprised at how good they taste.

New herbicide strategy for potatoes affected by poor weather conditions

A prolonged period of dry weather followed by early May’s rainfall is likely to require a change of herbicide strategy for potato growers this season.

Perfecting Potatoes Together – New initiative for UK growers

BASF launches ambitious new initiative on the company’s Real Results Virtual Farm. Its vision is to help UK growers unlock the potential – and the profits – in their potato crop.

AHDB winding down horticulture and potatoes operations as Ministerial decision awaited

AHDB has announced today it is winding down significant activities on behalf of the horticulture and potatoes sectors.

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