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Once the potato harvest arrives, everything should be done to plan ahead, carry out routine maintenance and adapt machinery settings to the conditions. Discover the latest thinking, seasonal guidance and practical advice on reducing the risk of damaging crops and maintaining tuber condition. Storing potatoes after harvest is a specialist task, with attention being required to limit tuber damage at loading, retain crop quality over time and prevent sprouting.

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How a potato farm is leading the way on lower CIPC rates

A North Yorkshire business is leading the way in being ready for life on new lower maximum doses of chlorpropham (CIPC), a key spud sprout suppressant, by developing a new application…

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Video: Top tips for successful potato flailing

Mechanically flailing potato haulms to remove the majority of the biomass not only slows down tuber bulking, it can also speed up the desiccation process by as much as 25%.…


What potato growers need to consider before diquat ban

This is the last season that potato growers can use the broad-spectrum herbicide diquat to desiccate their potato crops, therefore, growers are being urged to look at alternatives this summer.…


How to stop sprouting in potato stores without CIPC

With alternative sprout control options limited or unviable in the short term, the loss of CIPC will require growers to consider a more integrated approach to long-term potato storage. It…


10 ways to improve potato storage management

Storage is a crucial part of the potato production cycle, helping growers meet the demand for their crops throughout the year, but if carried out poorly it can be economically…


Tips on desiccating potato crops without diquat

Potato growers are being urged to explore alternative methods of potato haulm destruction this autumn, in case desiccant diquat does not pass through the EU re-registration process next year. The…


Maleic hydrazide could bolster potato sprout control toolbox

Maleic hydrazide is gaining a following among potato store managers to reinforce or even replace under pressure chlorpropham (CIPC) to control early dormancy break in potatoes. Although best known as…


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How extreme weather has hit UK and European potato yields

Potato yields are looking better in the UK than elsewhere in north-west Europe, where it is still too dry to lift crops.  The potato crop is forecast to be 3%…


Why non-flail potato desiccation is still an option post-diquat

While the loss of diquat is a setback for potato growers, there are still viable chemical options for destroying potato haulm, according to early results from this season’s AHDB desiccation…


Potato contractor finds the best tractor for flailing success

Lincolnshire potato contractor David Matthews expects potato haulms to have a high biomass at burndown time, thanks to this year’s growing season, and says growers will need a lot of…


How the drought has affected potato yields and quality

The eating potato crop is forecast to be nearly 20% smaller than last year in north-west Europe because of the summer drought, with tuber size and quality also suffering. Some…