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Potato farmers set to dig deep as scheme for growers moves to new host in Suffolk

A Suffolk based potato grower in the UK is set to help growers battle the challenges ahead as the sector faces a critical year, reports the Eastern Daily Press.

James Foskett Farms Ltd at Woodbridge takes up the reins as AHDB’s Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm East host on September 1. Potato farmers face many difficulties, including the loss of herbicide options and water availability.

The appointment comes following the end of the three-year programme at Elveden, which will continue to host a number of events as part of a transition period.

James Foskett farm manager Mike Shapland, said: “We offer a good portfolio of soils and crops and are constantly striving to make improvements, so we really feel like we’ve something to offer the industry.

“The loss of actives such as diquat obviously poses a big challenge for growers. We need to develop other strategies for haulm (plant stem) destruction.

Read the full story by Sarah Chambers on the Eastern Daily Press here