British potato growers can now benefit from a new AHDB variety tool, offering an interactive way to select cultivars based on varietal pest and disease-resistance ratings. Picking which variety to plant next spring can be time-consuming, with 249 listed on the AHDB’s potato variety database.
Emma Gillbard reports for Farmers Weekly that the online tool is set to make this decision-making process simpler and easier. Growers can compare selected varieties, examine trends, filter down suggestions, while also using the “Change over time” element to identify current popular varieties.
Anne Stone, AHDB Potatoes knowledge exchange manager, said the tool aims to make information more accessible to the whole industry.
“For packers, it is an important, but difficult decision to choose which varieties to put forward to the retailer, and for growers it is a challenge to know which variety should be planted in which field,” she said. The tool will aid growers and agronomists to help pick the right variety, while identifying potential weaknesses and how best to use the genetic resources available.
“This practical tool for agronomists and growers was developed by taking information from the potato variety database and combining this with our market intelligence information.”
Visit this page on the AHDB website to enter the variety comparison tool.
Source: farmers Weekly. Read the full article here
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