• GETTING added mileage from the sprout suppressant CIPC will be imperative for upcoming label changes, Adrian Briddon, of Sutton Bridge CSR, warned growers at the AHDB Potatoes Storage Forum.

  • AN EAGERLY awaited report from European Commission regulators will have a fundamental effect on the direction of crop science at Dundee’s James Hutton Institute and elsewhere. 

  • THE MILD start to spring will have roused memories of 2015 when similar cool and dry conditions meant blight struggled to take hold, but growers should not bet on a repeat experience this year, SRUC’s potato consultant and researcher, Dr Stuart Wale, has warned. 

  • THERE has been a call for expert attention in store following extreme seasonal challenges for GB potato stocks

  • CREASING nematodes in potato field soils risk rising levels of rhizoctonia infection hitting emerging crops, and affecting plants right through to tuber quality at harvest, warns Spud Agronomy specialist, John Sarup.

  • THE CROP area in England and Wales has declined for the second year in succession, according to the AHDB's winter planting survey.

  • THOSE thinking of starting fungicide protection in their crops have been warned 'don't be too hasty'.

  • WHILE blackgrass remains less of a problem in Scotland, a warning for the future from south of the Border is that with severe resistance to chemicals in some areas, some of the alternatives that farmers have adopted have been fairly radical.

  • AFTER a tricky start to the year, the fencing sector in Scotland is now bouncing back strongly.

  • WINTER oilseed rape (WOSR) crop losses associated with adult cabbage stem flea beetle activity in autumn, 2015, have been estimated at around 1% (6,000ha), according to data published by the AHDB.