British potato growers have entered some uncharted waters this season, as they cope with the first season without desiccant diquat for many years. In addition, spuds are now being loaded into store, with no prospect of treatment using the cheap, but now-banned sprout suppressant CIPC, adding further uncertainty to the production process this year, writes Adam Clarke in an article published by Farmers Weekly.
While these product losses grab the headlines and threaten to increase storage losses via some knock-on effects, some of the same old problems are also lurking to catch growers off-guard this season.
Two potato storage experts give tips on how to minimise losses as we enter the 2020-21 storage period: Norfolk-based storage specialist Tim Kitson of Potato Solutions, and Adrian Cunnington, head of AHDB’s Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research.
Source: Farmers Weekly. Read the full report here
Photo: Tim Scrivener