Research and development
At the recent John Sarup Grower Talks, Jen Linton, research manager for the Foundation for Arable Research, provided a high-level update on a selection of the projects in the Potatoes New Zealand research programme.
Research for the 2017/18 season is well underway with trials planted and research programmes half way through their investigation. Research is being undertaken with both processing and seed crops and in Canterbury, Manawatu and the wider Pukekohe region.
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Progress with the main research areas for the upcoming season is as follows:
Increasing potato yield through understanding the impact of crop rotation and soil compaction (Sustainable Farming Funding, FAR project P15-01)
• This year will be the third and final year of the project.
• One aspect not addressed in Years 1 and 2 was the effect of pre-plant (potato) cultivation on the soil quality. By the time these questions were posed, cultivation work for spring 2017 potato crops was well underway, and some early passes (including those in autumn 2017) already completed, therefore the timeline needed to undertake this research would not fit into the third year of this SFF project. It was decided to save this work for a future project and instead continue to pursue the seed health issue, which left some unanswered questions from Year 2.
Hot and cold psyllids (FAR project P17-04)
• The aim of the investigation is to provide data on TPP
trapping numbers across a range of sites in Canterbury >