Survey aims to evaluate potato soil pest issues

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A nationwide potato growers’ survey is set to evaluate the wider implications of all key soil pest issues, and assess whether growers are winning the battle against losses, or identify if problems are getting progressively worse.

The first full survey directly addressing all key potato soil pests, it seeks to evaluate how growers perceive the effectiveness of current IPM measures in the field, and the impacts that adopting new practices have on profitable potato production, reported Syngenta Potato Campaign Manager, Mark Britton.
“The recent AHDB-funded survey has given a good snapshot of PCN incidence,” said Mark. “But it is crucial to now assess how growers view the control options available, and how that impacts on the complex interaction of all soil pests in practice.”

He highlighted that the questions have been designed to focus on the practical and financial implications for growers here and now, but would also have a valuable function in helping to shape future research and trials’ priorities to develop appropriate solutions.  He cited the survey should take growers less than 10 minutes to complete.

Results of the survey would be fully available to all growers and to help the industry develop best practice for soil pest management, added Mark. “We would actively encourage all growers, and their agronomists, to take part in the survey. The more responses received, the better the picture that can be developed on the extent of soil pest problems, and future actions required.”

The on-line survey will evaluate the number one soil pest, PCN, along with Free Living Nematode (FLN) and wireworm.

All growers and agronomist that participate in the survey will have the chance to win a copy of the definitive potato agronomy handbook: A practical guide to diseases, pests and disorders of the potato

The survey is available to complete now, and will be extended to run until the end of January.


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