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Potato agronomy – More than meets the eye

  Spotting problems in potato fields often happens late in the day. CPM learns how using an eye-in-the-sky is being used to improve crop monitoring and performance. Our role as agronomists will change. By Rob Jones Diseased potatoes are fickle. It’s not uncommon for small areas of infection to remain hidden until late into the […]

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 weed control – Life after linuron

Potato growers received an unwelcome, if not entirely unexpected, Valentine’s day present from CRD in Feb – the issue of a withdrawal notice for linuron. CPM investigates the alternatives. There’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ herbicide strategy. By Lucy de la Pasture The writing has been on the wall for linuron for a while, but for many growers […]

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 […]