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Cutting edge: How Australian potato growers stay at the forefront of innovative research

Image result for AARON HABY australia potato growerThe Australian potato industry continues to be at the forefront of innovative research, with world-leading production practices resulting in increased efficiency and profitability on-farm. The high quality of Australian potato produce is made possible by ongoing investment in research and development, and this is once again highlighted in the latest edition of the publication “Grower Success Stories: Real results from the potato R&D levy.” In this edition, published by Horticulture Innovation Australia and AUSVEG, you will find examples of growers who have enjoyed real benefits and success as a result of their involvement in strategic levy investment projects under the Hort Innovation Fresh Potato and Potato Processing Funds. Read how grower John Jackson tapped into international expertise to combat the tomato potato psyllid (TPP) problem. Tasmanian seed potato grower Andrew Wilson is using a DNA-based soil testing service that helps growers with paddock and disease management planning. It has given him the confidence and peace of mind to manage existing crops and plan for future growth. It has not only identified potential disease borne soil, but allowed Andrew to switch potato varieties better suited to his soil. 

South Australian farmer Aaron Haby recounts how he benefited from a potato growers tour to Belgium, England and Scotland. Potato grower David Nix uses certified seed and paddock rotation, as well as water-controlled iodine, crop spraying and beneficial insects to enhance biosecurity practices on his Atherton Tablelands farm in far-north Queensland.

Crookwell Potato Growers’ Association President Matthew Gay says regular communication updates – across print, digital and social media – has helped both himself and his son Chris, among many others, stay up-to-date with tomato potato psyllid (TPP) and various farming practices to assist the certified seed potato industry. Read the full report

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