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Drought 2018 still posing questions for British potato growers

Drought 2018 still posing questions for potato growersA special session at the final Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Strategic Farm field walk of the season focused on storage and saw discussion on the challenges caused by this summer’s drought. The session took place on Tuesday, September 4, and was added to the planned trials programme at the Elveden Estate in west Suffolk to give growers and store managers a chance to share experiences and ideas. Simon Alexander of S.A. Consulting chaired discussions. He said: “By harvest-time, it’s a balancing act between catching up on yield and achieving the quality required to store the potatoes effectively. What you need to do to achieve one doesn’t necessarily help the other,” he explained. Adrian Cunnington, who edited the AHDB Potato Store Managers’ Guide, said that best practice becomes particularly important in difficult times. Read more