Potato pests and diseases are costly in crop losses and inputs. In this series of academies, there are modules on alternaria, potato blight and aphids – all require vigilant agronomic management and treatment timings. Look out for more modules coming soon.
Monitoring good hygiene and a control programme that takes aphicide resistance into account are essential for a healthy seed potato crop. Central Science Laboratory‘s Phil Northing assesses the risks growers face, while Scottish Agricultural College‘s Andy Evans summarises best practice control.
To control late blight effectively, you now need a thorough understanding of the pathogen you’re dealing with. David Cooke of The James Hutton Institute and Ruairidh Bain of SRUC summarise recent research and changes to best practice.
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About Farmers Academy
The Farmers Academy is an e-learning platform for the farming industry which includes graduates, farmers, advisors and anyone working in the supply industry. There are more than 100 modules on this platform that cover arable and livestock subjects as well as business and machinery.Find out more