Cultivation/Production, Europe, UK, Ireland, Pests and Diseases

UK: Robust potato blight control needed in late planting season

British potato growers are being urged to stay on top of blight disease this season as late spring plantings mean it is even more critical to maintain green leaf area through the summer to maximise yields. In such a late planting season, crop experts say robust blight control will be vital after delayed crop establishment is likely to lead to late harvests and potentially lower yields. Andy Alexander, independent agronomist, says this season is the most variable he has witnessed in his career and so assessing disease risk and timing blight sprays will be crucial. “The key for every grower is to tackle blight and the main strategy must be to run a really robust protection programme. Growers need to use all the chemistry in the toolbox in the correct place at the right interval,” he says. Read more

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