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Water management guide launched with new guidance on common scab control

The updated Seasonal Water Management Guide for Potatoes summarises the latest research findings based on AHDB-funded research projects, and work conducted at Strategic Potato Farms by Dr Mark Stalham of NIAB CUF. The guide is available on the AHDB website now, and includes the latest advice on common scab control, after work completed at SPot Farm East allowed AHDB to enhance information provided on varietal resistance to the disease. The timing of first irrigation is key, and this publication will help you understand the needs based on susceptibility of different varieties and soil type. The water Guide aims to assist growers to improve marketable yield; maximise quality and reduce defects; increase water use efficiency and reduce nutrient (particularly nitrogen), soil and water loss. Dr Mark Stalham of NIAB CUF said:  “In the UK, well-timed and evenly distributed water applied at three- to seven-day intervals is as beneficial to the crop as daily irrigation, and offers potential water savings and reduced drainage losses.” More

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