Potato Farming News

  • 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

  • Big Hanna and ABB - a secure solution for Rosendals Trädgård

    In the latest edition of ABB's corporate magazine 'Utblick' an article tells the story about our joint venture at Rosendals Trädgård in Stockholm. The same story was published at the ABB website and we´re happy to share it here with our readers.  At Rosendals Trädgård our Big Hanna model T-240 turns garden and food waste into useful and fertilising ...


    By Susteco AB

  • Durably resistant potatoes with wild potato genes offer 80% reduction in chemical control

    A research project into the development of potatoes with sustainable resistance against phytophthora via genetic modification with genes from wild potato varieties and good resistance management (DuRPh) has concluded with a scientific publication on the research results. The Wageningen UR scientists indicated that their approach was successful in developing potato plants which require 80% less ...

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • More than one third of soils studied in southwest England are highly degraded

    An extensive field investigation discovered that 38% of soils in southwest England show signs of enhanced surface water runoff due to soil degradation. The study also revealed which types of fields and soils are linked to the most or least degradation. Damage to soil causes water runoff across the landscape instead of being infiltrated properly by the soil. Poor land management is known to cause ...

  • Bioprospecting Moringa - Sustainable practices for production and utilization

    2 day Global Moringa Meet (GMM 15) on November 21 & 22 , 2015 at Jaipur India shall provide new insight in the Bioprospecting Moringa - Sustainable practices for production and utilization and potentiality of this crop for future exploitation and formulate strategies for developing moringa failsafe farms and also helps new growers to have holistic information on moringa crop. ...


    By Advanced Biofuel Center

  • Growers get pest smart with Veg Pest ID

    Picking a mould from a mildew is now easier for vegetable growers, thanks to the latest range of pest and disease identification updates on the vegetable levy-funded smart device application, Veg Pest ID. The app, released last year by Applied Horticultural Research, has been updated to include 13 vegetable varieties and more than 1,500 high resolution images of a wide range of pests, ...


    By AUSVEG

  • US approval for Syngenta blockbuster fungicide Solatenol

    Syngenta announced today that its breakthrough SDHI fungicide Solatenol has received registration from the US Environmental Protection Agency. First significant sales in the USA are expected in the 2016 season. Solatenol has already been launched in Latin America as ELATUS™, offering growers unrivaled performance against soybean rust, a devastating disease which can significantly impact ...


    By Syngenta

  • Second Sino - EU Potato workshop planned for 2016

    From 22 - 24 July, 2015, a first workshop on sustainable potato production and processing in China was held. The workshop was organized by Heilongjiang Academy of Agricultural Science (HAAS), Strategic Alliance for Industrial Technology Innovation of Potato (SAITIP) and Wageningen UR, with support from various parties. It was decided that a second workshop will be held during 2016 in Zhangjiakou ...

  • Offering integrated solutions and driving partnerships to promote sustainability in potatoes

    At the 9th World Potato Congress, Bayer CropScience is showcasing its latest innovations and contributions for sustainable potato production. Under the theme ‘Innovating Together for Sustainable Potatoes’ experts from the company will present recent product novelties and new approaches that underline the role of Bayer CropScience as the innovation leader in its field. The 9th World ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • National Horticulture Convention sowing the Seeds For Industry’s Future

    The diverse and dynamic range of careers in horticulture will be on display when a group of year 11 and 12 students descend on the National Horticulture Convention at the Gold Coast on Friday 26 June. During their attendance at the Convention, incorporating both AUSVEG and Apple and Pear Australia Ltd (APAL), students from Loganlea, ...


    By AUSVEG

  • Bird flu takes biggest toll yet as virus hits chicken farms

    Poultry producers and scientists have been hoping warmer weather would knock down a virulent strain of bird flu that has hammered the Midwest, but the virus recently took its biggest toll yet, hitting a farm in Iowa that held nearly 10 percent of the state's egg-laying chickens. Here are some questions and answers about the outbreak: WHAT'S THE LATEST? The U.S. Department of ...


    By Associated Press

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