The laborious process of testing potato land for signs of potato cyst nematode (PCN) is now over for one Suffolk-based firm after the invention of its clever new soil-sampling machine. Investigating the presence and distribution of PCN ahead of planting spuds is a vital part of managing the soil-borne pest, enabling growers to make better-informed management decisions. Typically carried out in the autumn or winter prior to planting, the standard protocol is to take 50 soil cores across a 1ha […]