The future of potato cyst nematode (PCN) management in Britain is under the spotlight as the DeCyst™ project consortium unveils its groundbreaking research on solanaceous trap crops (STCs). With concerns rising over the potential loss of key chemical treatments, the consortium is pioneering alternative solutions to tackle this agricultural challenge, according to a news release issued by Crop Health and Protection (CHAP) today.
On October 10th, New House Farm in Newport, Shropshire will be buzzing with agricultural experts, farmers, and enthusiasts, all eager to delve into the findings of the DeCyst™ project. This initiative, backed by Defra’s Farming Innovation Programme and UKRI’s Transforming Food Production Challenge (Innovate UK), has been rigorously studying the potential of STCs as a sustainable option for PCN management over the past two years.
Attendees will have the unique opportunity to witness live demonstrations and insights from the consortium’s second-year field trials. Leading the walkthrough will be specialists from Produce Solutions, Harper Adams University, and VCS Potatoes. Highlights of the day include:
- An in-depth look at two STC products: DeCyst™ Prickly and Broadleaf.
- Discussions on the crucial role of pre and post-emergence herbicides in ensuring successful DeCyst™ crop growth.
- Engaging conversations on DeCyst™ seed-rates, drilling methods, and nutrition.
To keep the energy levels up, a complimentary lunch, along with tea and coffee, will be served from 12:30 to 13:30. The main demonstration is scheduled from 13:30 to 15:30.
For those planning to attend, the event venue is conveniently located off the A41 at New House Farm, Newport (TF10 8BN). Directional signs will guide attendees from the main entrance (What3Words: ///users.tiling.found) to the field site (What3Words: ///confused.shows.teardrop). Attendees are kindly requested to follow the signed route.
With the DeCyst™ project consortium at the forefront, the future of sustainable PCN management looks promising. Don’t miss this chance to be part of the agricultural revolution!
Source: Crop Health and Protection (CHAP)
Photo: Credit CHAP