Saturday, 29 August 2015

Multiple honors for Dr Neil Gudmestad at World Potato Congress in Beijing

Multiple honors for Dr Neil Gudmestad at World Pot...

  North Dakota State Plant Pathologist Dr. Neil Gudmestad was honored at the World Potato Congres...

China makes global commitment to the potato

China makes global commitment to the potato

China's commitment to the potato was very publicly and internationally demonstrated when it hosted t...

The PAA held their annual meeting in Portland, USA

The PAA held their annual meeting in Portland, USA

The Potato Association of America held their 99th Annual Meeting during July 19-23, 2015 in the east...

TOMRA wins design award for its common user interface

TOMRA wins design award for its common user interface

  TOMRA’s Common User Interface (CUI), designed by TOMRA Sorting Solutions (TOMRA) and Design Partners...

TOMRA Sorting Food signs new contracts at World Potato Congress

TOMRA Sorting Food signs new contracts at World Potato ...

  TOMRA Sorting Food has welcomed two new Chinese customers into the fold during a signing ceremony at...

The constant changes in Asian potato chips

The constant changes in Asian potato chips

  Over the last four centuries, the potato has come a long way from the American Andes. Since its cult...

Alternative processing technologies on program at PROCESS EXPO

Alternative processing technologies on program at PROCE...

  The Food Processing Suppliers Association has released the details of four sessions of the education...

The sharp edge of the job

The sharp edge of the job

  Product perfection starts before the processing. It is maintained in the processing plant but only e...

Efficient drying pays off

Efficient drying pays off

  When it comes to drying potatoes, regardless of the type of end product one may have in mind, there ...

McCain Australia has new range of frozen potato wedges

McCain Australia has...

  McCain Australia has recently launched the new wedges ‘...

Tolsma-Grisnich and Kiremko, partnership for a new plant in China

Tolsma-Grisnich and ...

  Strategic partners Tolsma-Grisnich and Kiremko recently...

Utz Quality Foods launches Specialty Division

Utz Quality Foods la...

Utz Quality Foods, Inc. has recently announced the culmina...

Potatoes are back on WIC, a nutritional program for women, infants and children in USA

Potatoes are back on...

The National Potato Council (NPC) from USA succeeded to put ...

Exclusive interview with the director of Urschel Laboratories, Inc: The Urschel team is a very strong one

Exclusive interview ...

What began with one man's invention more than 100 years ago ...

4th Symposium of Potato Cyst Nematode Management

4th Symposium of Pot...

  The 4th Symposium of Potato Cyst Nematode Management wi...

UK Potato Council says it is a record year for seed potato exports

UK Potato Council sa...

  Seed potato exports are booming, with the latest figure...

Indian Government will procure 6,600 tones of potato from farmers

Indian Government wi...

The State Government announced its decision to procure 6,6...

Company launches a new solution for potato sprouting

Company launches a n...

  BioSafe Systems announces the introduction of ARRET Spr...

Seed Industry Event conference tackles key industry concerns

Seed Industry Event ...

The recent Seed Industry Event, organized by British Potato ...

Syngenta say the constant demand of potato crops for water in the hot dry weather is posing a serious headache for growers trying to maintain irrigation scheduling.

The world-leading plant science and crop protection company warn that high levels of water being applied to combat deepening soil moisture deficits poses the real risk of washing off blight fungicides, at the same time creating humid conditions beneath the dense crop canopy that are ideal for disease to develop.

Latest reports from the Met Office highlight the soil moisture deficit this season for the Anglian region - covering key potato growing areas from the east midlands across Lincolnshire and East Anglia - has reached over 95mm, more than 50 per cent higher than typical for the time of year. Most growers are operating at the limit of their irrigation capability, highlights Phillip Ayres, Syngenta Area Manager.

"Growers need to make sure they are using blight fungicide that can withstand heavy irrigation, or sudden summer storm downpours that have become prevalent in recent seasons. Trials and growers' own experience has shown REVUS to be the most reliable and give the greatest blight protection following irrigation," he reports.

Trials have shown that even with modest irrigation of 20mm an hour after treatment the performance of cymoxonil and mancozeb was seriously reduced. With an average irrigation application of 40mm, the persistent control with fluopicolide and propamocarb was down below 90 per cent, and when a higher water dose of 80mm was applied its performance rapidly declined to around 60 per cent. REVUS performance was maintained at a consistently high 98 per cent plus control right across all the irrigation programmes.

"Even when blight forecasts based on prevailing weather conditions indicate the disease risk is low, beneath the leafy canopy it can remain hot and humid for several days after an irrigation application - the ideal condition for blight," warns Mr Ayres. "It's crucial that growers maintain protection with an effective and reliable fungicide programme."

REVUS is recognised by independent blight researchers as being the best available product for foliar blight protection. "Its ease of use in practice, coupled with results of over 60 trials showing significantly better and more consistent blight control than other leading fungicides, can give growers the confidence their crops will be adequately protected, no matter when the irrigator passes through or a rainstorm falls," he adds.

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