UK: Potato industry to meet on eve of CIPC regulation change

Postharvest Showcase, one of the leading potato storage events in Great Britain, is to take place on 27 July, days before regulations on the use of Chlorpropham (CIPC) are to change. CIPC is the principal tool in the potato storage manager’s box when tackling sprout suppression in tubers. An interactive display at the event, provided by independent body the CIPC Stewardship Group, will demonstrate methods for effective use the treatment at the new lower levels using ‘active recirculation’ of air in the store, as part of their ‘No Fan, No Fog’ campaign. Innovations and future technology will also be on the agenda at the event. Dr James Covington of the University of Warwick will discuss his team’s research into electronic, non-destructive sensors to detect soft rot in potatoes as part of a keynote speaker programme. 

Dr Covington said: “Through use of the sensors or ‘noses’ we are developing we hope those in industry will be able to spot the development of rot before it takes hold and take appropriate action. We have tweaked existing sensor technology in order to ensure they are affordable and they are also light and flexible enough to be used in any type of storage or transport situation.”

Attendees at the event are expected to number above 150, drawn by the keynote talks, seminars, 25 trade stands and range of interactive displays where a mix of current best practice and technology horizon scanning will be on show with experts available to answer questions. These displays will form part of a BASIS knowledge trail.

Jonathan Papworth of Fen Edge Farming and Co said: “The event is a great opportunity for growers, purchasers and those in the supply chain to meet the foremost brains in crop storage. AHDB runs a number of trials in the world-class Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research facility, so when something is put forward as ‘best practice’ you can be sure that is based on sound evidence.”

The event is free to attend, but attendees must register ahead of time at https://potatoes.ahdb.org.uk/events/postharvest-showcase