• THE THREAT of land infected with potato cyst nematodes has been ranked as the No 1 concern amongst Scotland's potato growers.

  • Increased soil testing of fields destined for potato seed by SASA since the EU PCN Directive of 2010 has revealed substantially increased infestation levels across Scotland.

  • THE THREE 'Greening' requirements covering Permanent Grassland, Crop Diversification and Ecological Focus Areas (EFA), introduced by the reformed Common Agricultural Policy came into force on January 1, 2015.

  • TWO YEARS of overproduction has brought about severe tensions and disruption to the potato supply chain, 'causing great pain for our potato growers,' according to Potato Council chair, Fiona Fell, who is urging growers to carefully plan this year's maincrop

  • Eastern Scotland's arable farmers need to 'protect, protect and protect' against disease in cereal and oilseed rape crops according to Grant Reid, Agrovista's Angus-based agronomist.

  • AS I write this column, the fighting in Eastern Ukraine has intensified and European, Russian, and Ukrainian governments are in Munich trying to hammer out a settlement to avoid greater bloodshed, with over 5000 dead since April.

  • SEPTORIA REMAINS a primary target for wheat growers given the threat of yield losses as large as 50% in severely affected crops,but now a new adjuvant promises to help in the fight and reduce fungicide costs.

  • MAKING THE right variety choice is the foundation for a successful crop.

  • THE FUTURE of potato farming through a crystal ball will be the theme of Potato Science Live, a meeting which is set to give growers and agronomists an exciting insight into future technologies.

  • THE WOES of potato growers continues with news that the Potato Council has yet again increased its estimate of total potato production in Great Britain for the 2014 crop year.