Potato tuber health is the aim of a new campaign launched to help the British seed potato supply chain improve quality.
As the foundation for profitable potato production, minimising the incidence of viral and fungal pathogens when producing seed crops is paramount and conditions in recent seasons, such as the hot and dry summer of 2018, have seen seed producers across Britain battling to keep some viral and fungal pathogens out of seed stocks.
So said agrochemical manufacturer, Certis, when it launched its Tubercare initiative at the recent Potatoes in Practice event, at Balruddery Farm, near Dundee.
This aims to promote industry best practice from planting through to storing seed and ware tubers, to improve the overall health of the national potato crop.
The company’s potato portfolio manager, Nick Badger, said it was forging strong links with scientific experts and top agronomists to deliver the best and most relevant advice for the industry.