New, independently-run market research has revealed that growers are committed to growing potatoes in the future, despite the identified challenges of crop protection losses and increased disease and pest pressures.
As Ken Fletcher reports for The Scottish Farmer, the research, commissioned by BASF and carried out by Carol Willey, was presented at a BASF event to coincide with British Potato 2021 and represented the views of those who grow more than 11,367 ha of potatoes for fresh consumption, chipping, crisping and seed production.
Independent agronomist, Howard Hinds, who spoke at the event, said: “Growers have some real challenges ahead. The control of both blight and alternaria will be more difficult without mancozeb and whilst there are effective fungicides on the market, some are more vulnerable to a resistance breakdown.
In addition to fungicides and tuber treatments, BASF will be bringing to market – subject to approval in late 2022 – a pre-emergence herbicide, BAS656 (dimethenamid-p), with a new mixer product mode of action and a year later, BAS480051, a biological for wireworm damage.