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Storage conundrum in Britain: ‘To store or to sell your potatoes?’

If crops were treated with Maleic Hydrazide (MH) pre-harvest, in line with best practice recommendations, British potato will now be facing a decision on whether to apply in-store sprout suppressants such as spearmint oil and ethylene, writes Anthony Speight in a report published by AHDB.

Speight says some processing crops may have been treated already. But uncertain demand heading into spring poses the question on whether to sell potatoes that are in store at the moment or keep them for longer.

According to Speight’s report, the removal of CIPC this season has meant there is a large volume of potatoes receiving new sprout suppressant treatments. Most CIPC alternatives will require more of a store manager

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