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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 […]

Unusual market dynamics in Northern-European potato trade

Currency and supply dynamics are affecting the relative price of British processing potatoes compared to supplies from Belgium and the Netherlands.   “Presently the ex-farm value of GB processing potatoes sits at €70–€80 per tonne lower than comparable Belgian and Dutch quotes – an unusual position for the GB crop compared with previous years’ prices,” […]