Potato growers have been battling hard in recent days to continue lifting crop in the face of extreme rainfall, with forward forecasts not looking much better.
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.
Plant scientists have warned that unless the industry unites in its efforts to stop the spread of potato cyst nematode (CPN) there will be no Scottish potato sector left in 25 years’ time.
A series of trials is taking place on potato farms to look at effective alternatives for banned chemicals such as diquat and CIPC.
Advice on how to achieve high tattie yields with low input costs will be given at the final Strategic Potato Farm (SPot) open day next month.
Three leading agricultural organisations have joined to create a world-leading potato hub in Scotland.
Top-notch seed tattie growers who are keen to make constructive changes to their businesses are being head-hunted by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).
Scots potato growers are getting on with planting at top speed this year and not pausing to take too much notice of levy body AHDB’s comments that British potato stocks from the 2018 crop are currently 13% down on the five-year average.
The latest figures on British grower-held potato stocks show the effects of the poor growing season in 2018.
Satellite technology could transform planting and irrigation planning for potato growers.
An Austrian firm has been confirmed as the builders of a new plant which will transform Aberdeen’s discarded banana skins, tea bags and potato peelings into fuel for the city’s £333million new exhibition centre.
Potato packers and processors have altered specifications to reduce waste, in order to get the most out of this season’s smaller crop, says the AHDB.
A decline in own-label fresh potato sales has been blamed for a drop in turnover and profits at one of Scotland’s most well-known potato companies.
A campaign highlighting the nutritional benefits of potatoes has been thanked for a rise in tattie sales.
A global campaign due to launch next year will harness the marketing budgets of multinational companies and promotional agencies around the world in a bid to halt the downward trend in potato consumption.
Traditionally October is the month for the potato harvest and before modern machines entered the fields the work was all done by hand.
Vegetable growers are warning of possible shortages in the new year after this year’s series of extreme weather conditions led to low yields.
A new guide has been launched to help tattie growers test for Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN).
The cost implications for potato businesses of inefficient or old potato stores have been spelled out to Scottish farmers by AHDB.
A world-leading potato research team is using genes found in tubers from the west Mexican desert in the quest for new heat and drought-resistant varieties.
Conditions in Scotland’s potato fields are fast approaching those experienced during the infamous drought of 1976, when yields crashed, scarcity created demand and prices rocketed to an unprecedented £300/tonne.
Scottish seed potato growers could soon be exporting to Kenya following the recommendation that three varieties be released into the country.
The hot, dry weather is causing concern for cereals and potato producers in Scotland, but in parts of central Europe and Scandinavia farmers are warning of the catastrophic consequences of a severe drought.
Growers had approximately 1.3million tonnes of tatties in storage at the end of March, according to figures from AHDB Potatoes.
The Jersey Royal season is at least three weeks late this year after the “Beast from the East” delayed the planting of the much-anticipated spring crop.
Potato industry fears over the spread of the new Dark Green 37 strain of blight to England last year have prompted an appeal for more potato “scouts” to be on standby this season.
The amount of potatoes in store in January reached a record 2.4million tonnes, according to AHDB Potatoes.
Scottish potato growers could increase yields by reducing tillage operations in the planting process and by cutting the amount of nitrogen applied to the crop.
Results from the first year of research at Scotland’s national potato research farm will be revealed to growers at a special event next week.
The amount of potatoes sitting in storage on farms across the country is up by almost a quarter on last year, according to AHDB Potatoes.
Scottish seed potatoes sent to Kenya have performed strongly on three trial sites, AHDB has revealed.
One of Scotland’s most well-known potato companies enjoyed a boost in turnover and profits last year.