Potatoes – Early or late?

Written by cpm from CPM Magazine

Download PDF Every day is a school day in farming, so what lessons have been learnt this season? CPM discusses late blight and alternaria with Eric Anderson. A balanced fungicide strategy is the only viable option for the long-term. By Lucy de la Pasture As unsettled but humid weather came to characterise the summer, the threat of late blight (Phytopthora infestans) to potato crops soared. Where growers were unable to secure supplies of mancozeb, the risk of early blight (Alternaria solani and A. alternata) also became a threat, especially to susceptible maincrop varieties. “Crops were always likely to come under pressure from alternaria and late blight at some point, the question was when,” says Eric Anderson, senior agronomist at Scottish Agronomy. “The challenge was how best to manage the twin threat of early blight and late blight in crops at vastly different stages because of the protracted start to the season. For some, achieving this in practice was a logistical challenge,” he adds. Mid-season forecasts from BlightSpy, the AHDB’s new and better forecasting tool, suggested postcode districts along the east coast of England and Scotland, the West Midlands and North Wales, the south-west of England and south-west Wales would be…
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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

Written by Lisa Applin


In July, we opened the applications window for farmers to join our Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot.

The Sustainable Farming Incentive is 1 of the 3 new environmental land management schemes. It sits alongside the future Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery schemes.

Through the Sustainable Farming Incentive, farmers will be paid for environmentally sustainable actions – ones that are simple to do and do not require previous agri-environment scheme experience.

We are piloting the scheme to...