Pushing performance – A crusade for control

Written by Charlotte Cunningham from CPM Magazine

Download PDF Controlling evolving, aggressive blight populations in a wetter, warmer region has long been a challenge for potato growers in Pembrokeshire. CPM finds out how agronomists and farmers are tackling the challenge head-on by using drift retardants. As blight has evolved, we’ve had to evolve with it. By Charlotte Cunningham With an annual average rainfall of 1080mm – according to Met Office data – the wetter, warmer weather in Pembrokeshire makes disease control a particular challenge for arable farmers. And as a disease which thrives on exactly those conditions has been a long-standing challenge for potato growers in the region. Late blight spreads rapidly through crop canopies and tubers causing severe yield penalties, explains Dai Llewellyn senior agronomist at Agrii, who has been advising in the county for more than 20 years. “Historically, we’ve tended to suffer a lot more with blight here than much of the rest of the country, and I’ve been prescribing pretty robust programmes across the entirety of my career.” As well as historic challenge, the evolution and development of blight strains over recent years have only added insult to injury. “Ultimately its forced both agronomists and farmers to be sharper when it comes to…
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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...