Late blight: Threat of resistant strains in Europe looms
23rd November 2023
Population monitoring has revealed little change in the British late blight population during 2023, but the threat from resistant strains in Europe looms large and will require the use of robust anti-resistance fungicide strategies next year.
Specialist vegetable machinery manufacturer seeks new dealers
16th November 2023
Burdens’ specialist vegetable machinery department is looking for more dealers for the Struik range of potato equipment.
Can a biostimulant improve your potato crop?
3rd November 2023
British potato farmers have been facing significant challenges in recent years. The costs of production have all increased substantially and the sector is also being asked to become more sustainable. Everybody wants more predictability in the cost of inputs, marketable yield and the selling price at the farm gate. More and more UK potato farmers are turning to biostimulants to mitigate these challenges. Maxstim Ltd CEO Richard Salvage and CSO Dr Colin Fleming, who are both research scientists at the Institute of Global Food Security at Queens University, Belfast, explain.
Branston’s new protein extraction facility appoints manager
26th October 2023
National potato supplier Branston has appointed a new general manager for its pioneering protein extraction facility, in preparation for full scale production and commercialisation of potato protein in early 2024.
The British Potato Show 2023 returns to Harrogate this November
12th October 2023
With preparations for the new year in motion and the harvest season typically concluded, the British Potato Show (BP2023) will return on 22nd-23rd November to the Yorkshire event centre in Harrogate.
Seed potato trade to resume between Scotland and NI
20th September 2023
NFU Scotland welcomed the news, but warned the UK government must double its efforts to unlock the damaging post-Brexit loss of trade with the rest of the EU.
Crop nutrition and Net Zero: When is enough, enough?
3rd September 2023
Extreme weather events driven by climate change and industry net zero commitments are focusing the potato supply chain’s attention on how to reduce the crop’s carbon footprint. Andrew Blair, field technical manager at the UK’s largest potato supplier, Branston, explains how an Innovate UK funded project is examining the potential for reducing carbon in potato production from growing through to storage and transport.
How to tackle late blight after an unusually wet summer
21st August 2023
Outbreaks of late blight are springing up in potato crops across the country following an unusually wet July and early August. Fortunately, EU_43_A1 has yet to be found in the samples analysed, but growers must remain vigilant.
Growers advised to mitigate rising Alternaria risk in potatoes
10th July 2023
Arable farmers are being advised to revise their blight strategies now to target Alternaria, as a cold and wet spring followed by weeks of hot and dry weather have made potato crops significantly more susceptible to infection.
Guidance launched to maximise the value of maleic hydrazide in potato crops
27th June 2023
Crop protection manufacturer UPL has reminded potato growers of the importance of maleic hydrazide in sprout control and has issued best practice guidance to maximise its effect this season.
Potatoes: Now is the time to review your irrigation strategy
25th May 2023
Extreme weather events, increased demand for water use, plus environmental legislation continues to put pressure on water availability and the need to demonstrate justification for crop irrigation.
Net zero project trialling sustainable potato production enters its second year
12th May 2023
A new trial pioneering the net zero production of potato crops through sustainable fertilisers, reduced cultivations, varieties and improved soil health has entered its second phase this year, with UK potato supplier Branston leading the way towards achieving net zero production in the years ahead.