Risk assessments must improve in store

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SEED producers could be putting the health of their product in jeopardy by not using robust disease risk assessments and appropriate seed potato treatments, a recent industry survey suggests.

Last winter, SAC Consulting conducted a study of seed potato treatment practices in Scoltand covering around 100,000t of seed, a significant sample equating to one fifth of total UK production.
The advisory group’s potato consultant, Kyran Maloney, who conducted the survey, said it was kept simple to encourage as many growers to participate as possible.

In the first of three articles, Potato Review takes a look how seed producers approach the first phase of seed care as tubers are harvested and loaded into store. Can improvements be made to keep good seed healthy?

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