Potatoes splitting

Laggard

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Arable Farmer
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Suffolk
What is the cause of these potatoes “splitting” please?
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Bogweevil

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Or spray drift from someone spraying docks

Good point, potatoes desperate things for herbicide damage.

Sulfonylureas cause star-like cracking. These don't affect viability of daughter tubers

Glyphosate does affect viability of daughter tubers and can be symptomless although cracking can occur at high doses

Aminopyralid/clopyralid can cause tuber cracking and uneven growth. I don't know if they affect daughter tubers.

Really difficult to be sure sometimes as insufficient tank washing can lead to widespread damage as opposed to drift that is confined to proximity of treated grass or cereals.
 
Good point, potatoes desperate things for herbicide damage.

Sulfonylureas cause star-like cracking. These don't affect viability of daughter tubers

Glyphosate does affect viability of daughter tubers and can be symptomless although cracking can occur at high doses

Aminopyralid/clopyralid can cause tuber cracking and uneven growth. I don't know if they affect daughter tubers.

Really difficult to be sure sometimes as insufficient tank washing can lead to widespread damage as opposed to drift that is confined to proximity of treated grass or cereals.
Yep looks very like spray damage lost 2 acres of PB 2 kerspink seed crop
Neighbor burned of grass feald beside it and spry drifted over crop
 

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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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