28 May 2018
Agroforestry as sustainable land use

EURAF 2018 CONFERENCE: Opportunity for farmers to attend

10 June 2018
Open Farm Sunday at Sonning Farm

We will be showcasing our trials at Reading University Crops Research Unit



21 May 2018
Defra release organic farming stats for 2017

Organic land area in UK slowly increasing

18 May 2018
Countryside Stewardship and organic farming

Improving uptake of Countryside Stewardship



3 May 2018
Stop the dock!

A new technical guide for reducing docks on farmland

Events

Managing potato blight for small growers

4 December 2017

Innovative Farmers Field lab at Duchy Home Farm, nr Tetbury, Gloucestershire. 2pm to 5pm


Potato blight can be combated through conventional breeding and cultural methods

Potato late blight (Phytophthora infestans) is a real problem for most organic growers, in most seasons. The blight fungus is evolving and some varieties that used to show resistance have now lost it. It is likely that copper will not be available for use against blight in the near future. So, how can smaller growers adapt and ensure they can successfully produce potatoes for their markets? This meeting, hosted by Fred Bonestroo, at Duchy Home Farm will explore issues around potato blight (varietal selection, adapting soils to the fungus, cultural management options, mesh covers) and try to work together to come up with trials and potential solutions.

Programme

  • Introduction and welcome - Phil Sumption (ORC/OGA)
  • Report from previous Innovative Farmers field lab trials on blight resistant potato varieties - Ben Raskin (Soil Association)
  • The potato blight pathogen - Knowing your enemy. Dr David Shaw (Sarvari Research Trust)
  • Cultural options for control of late blight - Dominic Amos (ORC)
  • Novel approaches to control of late blight - including use of mesh covers and fungal adaptation of soils - Phil Sumption (ORC)
  • Discussion around growers experiences, future trials and the way forward.

This is an OGA/LWA Field lab. If you would like to attend, please contact Phil Sumption: phil.s@organicresearchcentre.com



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