Potato Review

CONTENTS www.potatoreview.com POTATO REVIEW MARCH/APRIL 2022 3 Editor’s letter I CAN hardly believeMarch is on us already, althoughwith Storms Eunice and Dudley wreaking their havoc at the time of writing this, and snow forecasts still doing the rounds, it was hard to believe spring was coming! No strangers to battling badweather, all those in the potato industry have been soldiering on, and it’s been remarkable to see howmuch new information has been doing the rounds since the start of the year. We report on newblight ndings, aphid and virus research and heat stress tests in this issue. ere’s a big focus onweed control. Hutchinsons shares top tips to get themost fromyour herbicide strategy, while agronomists tell us why it’s important not to forget to prioritise crop safety and stress the importance of timing in di erent focus features. Spray tankmanagement basics are also outlined. Agtech-wise, we learnwhy remote sensing is playing a bigger role in the potato sector, andwe bring you news of the latest machinery updates. ere are also plenty of news snippets to share from throughout the supply chain, along with feedback fromconferences and trials, international updates, and details of latest appointments. Be sure to get yourself a cuppa and settle down at the end of a hard day at work to read JohnMarshall’s feature on the virus testing legacy passed down to himby his father. ere were plenty of things that made us smile within this heart-warming feature, as well as plenty of information tomake us realise how far we’ve come over the past 60 years. And last but not least, my other half andmy children looked decidedly cynical when I told thempotatomilk seems to be the ‘new thing’ but Waitrose is completely on boardwith it and itsmanufacturers reckon there’s a growingmarket. JohnMarshall’s son, IainMarshall, gave us a fun take on this by drawing our cover cartoon for this issue ‘Milking the Potato’. We hope it made you smile asmuch as we did. NEWS ROUND UP VIRUS/APHIDCONTROL HEAT STRESS 04 11 14 REMOTE SENSING THEHISTORYOF VIRUS TESTING BLIGHTUPDATES FERTILISATION WIREWORM Stephanie Cornwall Editor HERBICIDE STRATEGIES 27 SPRAYING 30 VARIETIES 33 WEEDCONTROL 34 ALTERNATIVEUSES 40 MACHINERY 43 APPOINTMENTS 58 INTERNATIONAL 47 AGTECH / R&D 61 08 20 55 35 38 SOIL FINDINGS 23

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