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.
A potato lover has made a 1,000-mile round trip to Scotland in order to dig up his own supply.
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.
Tattie growers and agronomists will gather at Perth Racecourse later this month for the annual conference of the SAC Association of Potato Producers.
Greater transparency in the supply chain is needed for potato growers, claims a new NFU report.
Farm levy body AHDB Potatoes has named the recipients of two major industry awards.
A recent article in the Press and Journal set a challenge to us here at AHDB Potatoes.
A game-changing agreement has been reached between Scotland and Brazil on seed potato certification standards.
UK supermarkets and scientists are working together to find ways of reducing potato greening which costs the industry and retailers almost £100million every year.
The announcement of £3million towards a new international laboratory for scientists from Dundee and China underlined Scotland’s global reputation for potato research at the Potatoes in Practice event.
The UK’s leading potato field event, Potatoes in Practice (PiP), will take place at the James Hutton Institute’s Balruddery Farm near Dundee next week.
Scottish potato producers were left in no doubt yesterday that less is more when it comes to nitrogen application and cultivation depth.
The findings of potato cultivation trials will be revealed to farmers at an open day on Bruce Farms at Meigle, Perthshire, next week.
Potato farmers have been warned of a potential surge in supplies to the market later this year.
Scottish seed potatoes will start being exported to Kenya commercially from early next year, according to AHDB.
Prices for potatoes sitting in storage could come under pressure if harvest comes early this year.
The first estimate of acreage planted to potatoes in the North-Western European Potato Growers (NEPG) region is projected to have reached a 10-year high.
A forestry expert has been named as the new chairman for tattie sector levy body AHDB Potatoes.
Potato growers are holding onto stock in store in the hope of further price increases, according to AHDB Potatoes.
Scottish potato growers could cut costs and increase yields by reducing tillage operations in the planting process.
Scottish potato growers could be missing out on up to £700 in missed margins per hectare.
The chief of Scotland's largest tattie processor took home a pay cheque in excess of £4.6million last year despite the fact his company's profits fell by a third.