Potato Farming News

  • Don`t let weather affect your potato planting

    Potato planting is well underway, however the weather continues to dominate the season, with some regions experiencing protracted planting as a result. Most recently, soil temperatures have dropped and periodic frost has meant that tubers are going into cooler soils, which can delay crop emergence. It’s important to remember actions now can have a knock-on effect with crop development as ...


    By Certis UK

  • Visit us at LAMMA 17

    Come and see us at LAMMA 17 in Hall 7. We will be launching a new phosphite-based nutrient for sugar beet and revealing the latest PK MAXX+ potato field trial results. You can also claim BASIS CPD knowledge trail points with our crop nutrition quiz. Find us in Hall 7 Stand 7109 We are in a slightly different location this year. Still at the lower end of ...


    By Ilex EnviroSciences Limited

  • CIPC stewardship update

    With over 1.2 million tonnes of stored potatoes being treated with sprout suppressants, the ‘Be CIPC Compliant’ campaign, has been vital in raising awareness of the rules, regulations and best practice guidance for use of CIPC in stores. Following millions of pounds’ worth of investment, the programme has so far resulted in significant compliance improvements. ...


    By Certis UK

  • Looking back on this year’s blight season

    Persistent rainfall and warm temperatures resulted in high blight pressure early on in the season, causing challenges for UK growers, as the value of the crop also crept up. Tighter spray intervals were seen as a recurring method of control, which resulted in an increased demand for the fungicides available to keep on top of potato blight. One product which has proven to be very effective this ...


    By Certis UK

  • Predictions for the storage season ahead

    Current weather forecasts predict that rain and unsettled conditions are likely as we move into the autumn, and this may create challenges for growers with concerns about potato storage and disease control this season. Store cleanliness and hygiene should also be top priority for growers before harvest. “I can’t stress enough the value of ensuring the correct ...


    By Certis UK

  • Effective Calcium Application

    Calcium is a key component in many crop nutrition programmes. Providing sufficient levels of calcium strengthens and stabilises cell walls, helping crops build natural resistance to pests and common disorders such as Internal Rust Spot in potatoes, Cavity Spot in carrots and Tip Burn in lettuce. In addition to cell wall structure, its role in root development and nutrient utilisation makes ...


    By Ilex EnviroSciences Limited

  • New developments at Potatoes In Practice

    Another successful Potatoes In Practice (PIP) event was held at the James Hutton Institute’s Balruddery Farm on 11 August. The annual showcase, which is the largest field-based potato event in the UK, is reported to have attracted over 700 delegates from across the sector, including international guests and industry speakers. This year’s event featured the latest leading research, ...


    By Certis UK

  • UF/IFAS study: Sweet potato crop shows promise as feed and fuel

    As some Florida growers try to find new crops and the demand for biofuel stock increases globally, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have found that sweet potato vines, usually thrown out during harvest, can serve well as livestock feed while the roots are an ideal source for biofuel. This could be a key finding for the agriculture industry in Florida ...

  • Remain vigilant for rising aphid numbers

    According to the most recent AHDB aphid alert summary, although a marginal increase in activity has been recorded in recent weeks, total aphid numbers still remain relatively low for the time of year.   However, it’s possible that aphids may still be present in potato crops as they head towards maturity, and with the hot weather seen recently, aphids could become an increasing threat ...


    By Certis UK

  • Perfect storm for potato blight

    With crop values creeping up, the need to protect is becoming ever more important to growers. However, this season’s blight threat has triggered the need for tighter spray intervals – indeed five days between applications is common – which is leading to increasing demand and potentially some product shortages in the range of fungicides available to fight potato blight. ...


    By Certis UK

  • Certis’ 15 year anniversary celebrations

    Certis are celebrating 15 years as an extensive crop protection business covering arable crops, potatoes, fruit, vegetables and ornamentals. Cereals 2016 is your chance to come and meet the team, and discuss the next 15 years. Certis’ new marketing manager Nathan Whitehouse, believes this is an exciting time for the company. “It’s great to have joined Certis when they are ...


    By Certis UK

  • Potatoes more environmentally sustainable than pasta, rice

    International researchers have shown that potatoes are good for the environment, with a recently published paper indicating that potato production is more environmentally sustainable than pasta and rice. The paper, conducted by researchers from Cranfield University in Bedfordshire, England and published in the Journal of Cleaner Production, considered both greenhouse gas emissions ...


    By AUSVEG

  • New generation 2- and 3-row self-propelled top lifting harvesters from Dewulf

    Dewulf, specialist in harvesting technology for potatoes and carrots, has launched a new generation of the ZK series, 2- and 3-row self-propelled top lifting harvesters with discharge elevator. Its INNOVATIVE features make the ZK series the most RELIABLE harvester in the self-propelled top lifting harvester segment. The harvesters have the highest level of finish available and are equipped with ...


    By APH Group

  • Efficiency for professionals

    “Contribute to increase the efficiency of professionals in potato, vegetable and irrigation business by integral and innovative solutions.” That is our Vision. From words to deeds, we have developed in close cooperation with our suppliers possibilities to combine different operations during potato planting, so it can be done in 1 single pass. This has the following benefits: ...


    By APH Group

  • Dewulf launches new generation of one- and two-row trailed top lifting harvesters with bunker

    Dewulf, specialist in potato and carrot harvesting technology, has introduced the GB series of trailed top lifting harvesters with bunker, which includes a number of notable, innovative upgrades. The GBI and GBII guarantee reliable harvesting, even in the most difficult conditions, and do so in the most economical way. Increased productivity, reduced maintenance costs, and ease of use make ...


    By APH Group

  • APH Group Engineering delivers potato grading, cleaning & packing line in Belarus

    APH Group Engineering delivered and installed a professional line for grading, washing, dry cleaning & packing of potatoes to Belarus. After unloading the boxes in the dosing hopper, the operator can select various routings depending on the desired end product. Grading is done by a radial grading machine, which gives the possibility to grade long shaped products as well as round products. The ...


    By APH Group

  • Cucumber virus quarantine to be lifted for NT growers in 2016

    AUSVEG has welcomed this afternoon’s announcement from the Northern Territory Department of Primary Industries that property quarantine for Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) will be lifted next year.   “It is welcome news for growers that property quarantine put in place in the Northern Territory following the outbreak of CGMMV will be ...


    By AUSVEG

  • Irrigation method saves 50 percent of water needed for potato growth

    University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have found an irrigation method that uses 50 percent less water than traditional systems to grow potatoes – an important finding for the $131 million-a-year Florida crop. The system is called “hybrid center pivot irrigation.” With this method, about two-thirds of the water used to help grow potatoes is ...

  • New potato varieties to boost productivity in Tanzania, Kenya could borrow some tips

    Mtanga Farms Limited (MFL), in partnership with the Tanzanian government, has announced the registration of four new potato varieties – the first to be released in Tanzania in 30 years. MFL, a commercial farming operation in the southern highlands of Tanzania – rehabilitated in partnership with Thirty Degrees East, a Mauritian investment company, through impact investments by UK-based ...


    By TractorExport

  • TechLine: NETL Scientists Honored by ASM International for Work on Platinum Chromium Alloy for Coronary Stents

    For their work on the development, transfer, and successful commercialization of a novel platinum-chromium alloy used in next-generation coronary stents, scientists at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), and their colleagues, were honored with a 2015 ASM Engineering Materials Achievement Award from the materials science and engineering society ASM International. The team received ...


    By US Department of Energy

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