Wednesday, 13 November 2019
The pressure on growers to reduce their use of herbicides and pesticides continues to grow. One of the most effective tools in the arsenal of any grower is exploiting the variety of a crop for its genetic resistance to disease.
We are developing a brand new tool to help you review the varieties you use in order to reduce chemical use, or to react to the loss of an active.
You may have been encouraged to follow Integrated Pest Management (IPM), however potato growers often feel restricted by the varieties their customer or market will accept.
The Potato Variety Comparison tool combines AHDB data on the varieties planted in Great Britain, intended market sector and information on disease resistance from the Potato Variety Database and other sources.
Help us shape the tool
While it is already providing us with a picture of how the resistance profile is changing in the range of varieties supplied to each market – we believe the tool could be of use to individual growers and agronomists to aid planting decisions, or discuss options with their customer.
We would like to form a pilot group of users to help us develop the tool and ensure it is user friendly and effective.
If you are interested in being part of this pilot group visit our stand, number 130, at BP2019 where a Beta version of the tool will be available to demonstrate. Please ask a member of our team for more details.
Want to hear more about IPM?
This year’s Agronomist Conference will present the latest information and research on chemical use and alternative treatments. This year’s event takes place at the Leicester Marriott Hotel in Leicester, with day two focusing on potatoes.