Europe, UK, Ireland

Blight programmes in sharp focus as British growers attempt to unlock yield potential

CPM finds out why potato experts are advocating robust blight programmes after challenging spring planting conditions. Later harvests in some key growing areas are being planned and every effort will be needed to maintain green leaf area to maximise yields where inclement weather delayed planting. At the time of writing it is estimated that as much as 10% of the UK crop is still not planted with storm-hit Midlands’ growers experiencing further setbacks after the bank holiday weekend rain. “It’s the most variable season I have seen in my career,” said one of the UK’s most respected potato advisors, independent agronomist Andy Alexander. “The key for every grower is to tackle blight and the main strategy must be to run a really robust protection programme. Growers need to use all the chemistry in the toolbox in the correct place at the right interval.” Some growers have made the UK’s first commercial applications of the brand new blight fungicide Zorvec Enicade in the past week. Read more