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Potato agronomy – Better the devil you know

With blight populations remaining stable, CPM asks a Herefordshire agronomist for his tips on a successful strategy against the disease. Remember that you need to be ahead of the disease. By Lucy de la Pasture and Rob Jones Early vigilance and planning is crucial for success, as blight population shifts have been responsible for the […]

Blight control – Fertiliser with benefits

  Can a fertiliser be a fungicide’s best friend? CPM gets the gen on a nutritional product which appears to bring benefits to the blight programme. It makes sense to use with blight fungicides to enhance the control of the disease. By Lucy de la Pasture It’s a question many growers and agronomists have been […]

Potato Agronomy – Criteria for blight evolves

  The Smith Period has been the lynch pin behind late blight programmes for the past 60 years but recently its reliability has been under question. The new benchmark for predicting blight outbreaks has been a long time coming but was at last unveiled at AHDB’s Agronomist Conference in December. The Smith Period was not […]

Potatoes – Biofumingant crop complexities

With uncertainty over Vydate production, trials looking at biofumigant cover crops areproving their worth. CPM reports on results, along with the latest on blight and early weed control. By Lucy de la Pasture Many growers are facing a leap into the unknown this season in the absence of Vydate (oxamyl). With a degree of uncertainty […]

Techtalk – Exploitive and aggressive crop threat

Download article Potato blight is arguably arable farming’s most destructive plant disease – the only one to have ever caused widespread crop loss leading to famine in the British Isles, as it did during the Irish and Highland blight epidemics of the mid 1840s. It currently costs the industry around £55 million/yr to keep the […]