Managing potato blight for small growers: An Innovative Farmers Field Lab

Potato late blight (Phytophthora infestans) is a real problem for most organic growers, in most seasons. 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. This is an OGA/LWA Field lab. If you would like to attend, please contact Phil Sumption: [email protected]

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.

 

 

 

December 4th, 2017 2:00 PM
Dutchy Home Farm
Broadfield Farm
Tetbury, GLS GL8 8SE
United Kingdom
Phone: 01488 658298  ext. 533
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