18 October 2013
New report on energy use in potato stores published
Potato Council has just published the final report on reduced energy use in storage, a project undertaken by Sutton Bridge CSR and Farm Energy Centre. The report summarises work which has delved deeper into potato storage operation than ever before, assessing factors such as refrigeration efficiency and air leakage. Variability across the stores assessed remained large (as was found in the previous exploratory trial) and the work highlighted the need for attention to detail in building construction, store management practices and maintenance programmes if costs are to be controlled and returns from storage maximised.
17 October 2013
New 'Be CIPC Compliant' store diaries available: call 0800 02 82 111 to order your free copy
16 October 2013
ACP review reports
CIPC remains firmly under the spotlight
This year the Advisory Committee on Pesticides (ACP) has carefully considered data on current CIPC use and industry stewardship, as official monitoring has continued to find CIPC residues that exceed the Maximum Residue Level (MRL).
At its meeting on 24 September 2013, the ACP agreed that product authorisations can continue, however the committee have serious concerns about the continued findings of residues in exceedance of the MRL. It is a legal requirement that residues should not exceed these levels. The Committee agreed that steps still had to be taken to meet the requirements set in 2007. The information provided did not provide them assurance that further MRL exceedances would be avoided and they have requested a number of further specific data requirements from approval holders and further residue monitoring by the industry. Continued authorisations will be dependent upon these requirements being met.
Richard Harris, of the Potato Processors’ Association, responding to the outcomes of the review, said ‘Approval holders have been asked to submit new data to protect the future of CIPC and in the meantime all supply chain businesses must adhere to label recommendations for CIPC use and work within Red Tractor protocols.’
David Walker of the Fresh Potato Suppliers’ Association added ‘It is crucial there are no further MRL exceedances and we will be stepping up industry monitoring to support the stewardship scheme.’
The ACP recognised that the CIPC stewardship has delivered valuable changes and were supportive of the continuation of the scheme. The industry needs to demonstrate it can ensure CIPC exceedances will not continue to occur. A loss of CIPC would have very serious implications for the potato industry and we all must work together to prevent any further exceedances.
Mike Storey, Chair of the Potato Industry CIPC Stewardship Group said ‘It is crucial for the whole industry to fully engage with the ‘Be CIPC Compliant’ campaign to ensure that best practice is adopted.’
Current best practice guidelines are available at www.cipccompliant.co.uk
23 September 2013
ACP meets to review CIPC this month
CIPC will be reviewed at the meeting of the Advisory Committee on Pesticides to be held in York this month. See our latest bulletin above or visit www.cipccompliant.co.uk for up to date stewardship and best practice information.
5 September 2013
See SBCSR at Potato Europe 2013
Join us on the PCL stand at Emmeloord, The Netherlands, 11-12 September
13 March 2013
Best practice for seed handling and storage
SBCSR has teamed up with our Seed & Export and Knowledge Transfer colleagues to produce this technical note on best practice for seed handling & storage.
4 September 2012
Plan well for storage
Good planning plays an important role in any storage season; this year it could be critical. Think about matching stores to crops of similar risk by making some assessments of quality ahead of harvest and burn off accordingly.
Deciding when to burn-off is crucial to balance yield with quality for storage and market (picture: Adrian Cunnington)
Harvest will be around 3 weeks later than usual so be prepared to deal with periods of wet or cold weather. In view of the crop condition, consider the likely storage duration and any chemical use. Overall, try to minimise risk by using your most efficient stores for those crops being held longest and ensure those stores have been serviced before use to reduce the risk of a costly failure during the season.
More in our next Storage Bulletin which will be published later this week. If you are not already a subscriber, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Storage Bulletin subscriber request' in the subject line or text this to 07970 072260.
03 Sept 2012
Sutton Bridge Storage Day, 29th November 2012
Register online now!
The Storage Day is a unique event for growers, store managers and agronomists to benefit from the latest research and advice. Further details on the day, including seminars, workshops, contact details and online registration can be found on the Sutton Bridge Storage Day page.
27 July 2012
Grower Gateway features articles on CIPC
The new issue of Grower Gateway has been released and features articles on CIPC in box stores and the risk of CIPC cross contamination.
23 May 2012
World Potato Congress
This week SBCSR welcome pre-WPC tour groups from the Southern Hemisphere and from China to meet the staff and view the facilities.
Meanwhile we are finalising talks, posters and demonstrations of our work that will feature at WPC, see the WPC website for details.
We look forward to meeting you at WPC next week.
01 May 2012
Some topical advice on dealing with issues raised by crops becoming older in storage.
24 April 2012
Last crops coming out from field storage
This week sees harvesting coming to a close of over-wintered crops from windrows on the 'moss' in Lancashire. This unusual form of storage has been successfully practised for many years in this area, taking advantage of the free-draining peat soil. Here's some shots of the last few windrows being cleared on land farmed by FA Ollerton & Sons near St Helens using a trailed 'bunker' harvester.
Picture: Adrian Cunnington
5 March 2012
Solar panel feed-in tariffs to be further reduced on schemes of 250kW and under
The Dept of Energy and Climate Change announced its proposals in a Comprehensive Review of the Feed-in Tariffs for Solar PV. This includes changes to current tariffs which will take effect on new schemes from 1 April 2012.
Diary of 2012 events to be attended by SBCSR:
4 September - North of England Potato Day
12-13 September - Potato Europe, Villers St Christophe, France
18 September - North West Potato Day
20 November - Seed Industry Event, Crieff
29 November - Storage Day, Sutton Bridge CSR
New R&D Projects
In 2011/12, SBCSR and collaborators were awarded PCL funding for Projects:
- Reduced energy storage - to minimise the carbon footprint associated with storage of GB potato crops (R439) with Farm Energy
- Review of late season processing quality (R442) with National Resources Institute
- Blackheart (R456) with Cranfield University and Fresh Potato Suppliers' Association
- Seed store management (R457) with Cambridge University Farm and FERA
- Warmer storage (R458) with FPSA
In addition, the following projects involving SBCSR and collaborators are in progress:
- CIPC application in box stores (R414) with Glasgow University
- Acrylamide - Producing low-acrylamide risk potatoes (LINK) (R425) with Rothamsted Research
- Ethylene & sprout control for processing varieties (LINK) (R426) with National Resources Institute
- Alternative sprout suppressants (R438)
Previous Storage Bulletins
- September 2013 - Storage Bulletin
- August 2013 - Storage Bulletin
- May 2013 - Storage Bulletin
- Aril 2013 - Storage Bulletin
- March 2013 - Storage Bulletin
- February 2013 - Storage Bulletin
- January 2013 - Storage Bulletin
- December 2012 - Storage Bulletin
- October 2012 - Storage Bulletin
- September 2012 - Storage Bulletin
- August 2012 - Storage Bulletin
- June 2012 - Storage Bulletin
- April 2012 - Sorage Bulletin
- Movember 2011 - Storage Bulletin
- October 2011 - Storage Bulletin
- July 2011 - Storage Bulletin
- May 2011 - Storage Bulletin