Changes have been proposed to the seed potato Safe Haven assurance scheme which would mean Brown Rot and Epitrix would be covered on top of the existing Ring Rot and Dickeya.
As the potato industry comes to terms with the loss of diquat and the likelihood CIPC will follow, core chemicals and possible alternative solutions will be the focus at today’s Potatoes in Practice event at Balruddery Farm on the outskirts of Dundee.
Farming leaders have called on all sectors of the beef industry to attend crisis talks on Monday.
Warnings over aggressive new blight strains which can take crops down in days were not lost on dozens of potato farmers who gathered yesterday on the AHDB’s “Spot” monitor farm near Blairgowrie.
Top-notch seed tattie growers who are keen to make constructive changes to their businesses are being head hunted by the AHDB.
The latest potato stock statistics from 500 potato growers nationwide show Scottish growers hold 34% of Britain’s total stocks, up markedly from 25% at the previous count.
Soft fruit growers look set to benefit from new commercial-scale water saving research which is being developed to improve precision irrigation and fertigation techniques.
Innovative techniques and new technologies are being tested by a network of high-achieving commercial farmers as part of the UK Government’s bid to drive efficiency and resilience in the agri-food sector.
The organisation which raises £3 million in levies from Scottish farmers has admitted it needs to up its game north of the border.
Maltsters are taking a pragmatic approach to nitrogen tolerance in Scottish spring barley this season by accepting samples at up to 1.85 rather than the usual cut-off point of 1.65.