November has been a busy month at Nene. We held our
annual wash up and customer lunch on the 15th of November and had a stand
at BP2017. The event was well attended and we had a very
busy two days. More...
September was unusually wet and lifting conditions
have been hampered in most areas at some time during the month. At the end of September we estimate that as a group
we are about 40% through liftin More...
We have had our
first washup this week and have several events in the pipeline in November; the AGM, second wash up and our attendance at BP2017.Simon is taking part in the Branston Century cycle ri More...
Simon's training is well
underway for the Branston century cycle ride on September the 16th.
Branston are raising money for Kids Strut
which is a charity that exists to provide respite care in the More...
We staged our
summer variety trial / technical meeting last week at Messrs Jack Buck Farms.
The event was
very well attended not only with Nene members but with representatives from the
seed trade More...
We recorded 69
mm rain at the office this week. A similar amount seems to have fallen across
most of the eastern region and irrigating teams are having a well earned rest.
The land seems to have sto More...
nearing completion with just the bigger growers still bashing away. The very
dry conditions mean that the heavier soils are now needing a lot of work.
have caused some da More...
underway locally but not yet in “full swing” as many soils are still too wet
but a good forecast will see activity increase this week. If you have any
surplus seed or have a seed req More...
The Nene wash up
was this week where Nectar and Lanorma were the “stand out” varieties.
Technical Meeting is taking place in two weeks. Speakers are John Keer and
Arthur Marshall fro More...
spring technical meeting is planned for
February. John Keer has been booked and the topics for
discussion are PCN, varieties and soil nutrition. We are also hoping to have a
representative from More...
Harvest is all
but wrapped up. The improved weather this week has meant good progress has been
made and we now have just five members still lifting.
We have our AGM,
benchmarking and November wash More...
Bryonie and Simon
have been active during the month of September for different charities. Simoncompleted the
Branston Century 100 mile cycle ride raising over £1600 for Lincolnshire
Integrated Volun More...
and I have been active during the month for different charities. I completed
the Branston Century 100 mile cycle ride raising over £1600 for Lincolnshire
Integrated Voluntary Service ( LIVES More...
We recently held
our variety trial meeting at Messrs EF Harrold in Norfolk. We would like to
thank them along with Messrs OA Taylor Ltd. for giving up some land this year
for our trials.
We have g More...
recruited one harvest potato sampler but still need another. If you know
anybody looking for work between mid-August and mid-November please let me
In June Pat,
Paul and Bryonie atten More...
Planting was completed last week in the group. Warmer
conditions and longer days have meant that growth rates have improved
considerably but a drop of rain wouldn’t
do any harm!
Our two trial plo More...
seems to have gone as well or better than a lot of other areas where some
growers have yet to plant a potato. With cold wet weather and early morning
frosts the crop in the ground h More...
Last week saw our fourth and final wash up of the season. Planting
is now getting underway locally on the better silts while most soils still
need time to dry.We are still
looking for people for More...
March was our final session, held at the
AHDB offices in Stoneleigh. The day started with a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses,
opportunities and threats) analysis of the GB potato industry where we were
We will be recruiting two people
for the summer sampling jobs so if you know of anybody who might be available
please get in touch on 01406 366238.We recently held the spring
Technical meeting at Wint More...
In JANUARY focus was keeping potatoes on
the political agenda in London. In the morning we had a tour of the Houses of
Parliament where we got to actually go into the House of Commons and House of
The run up to
Christmas was very busy as customers built up stocks. Piper, once again,
was the most popular variety.
We will be running our variety trials next
year as usual. We will have a silt la More...
In December the focus was on seed
in Scotland. We started at SASA (Science
and Advice for Scottish Agriculture).
person we heard from was Sandra Goodfellow. She spoke about the divisions o More...
We have just
held our second wash up of the year which was combined with a customer lunch.
As always it was well attended. Our next wash up is in January.
Our AGM on the 5th
of November was also we More...
In November we attended BP2015
where there was a reception for the group with the AHDB Potatoes board on the
AHDB stand. Board members were interested to talk to us about our thoughts on
the programm More...
Harvest is getting
close to being wrapped up in this area and next week will see just 5 members
Final preparations are underway for our
stand at British Potato 2015 which is at the Harroga More...
In September the focus was on
storage and fresh. We started at Sutton
Bridge Crop Storage Research where the challenges facing storage, such as
efficiency, sprout suppression and variety management More...
We plan to go
ahead with a trial programme again next year and are looking for a suitable
silt land location. It is felt that the trials prove a useful indicator to
varieties that we can take on to co More...
The main event
in July was the rain that finally arrived to give some very parched crops in
this area a much needed drink.
recorded at the office in the week from the 25th of July it will More...
July’s focus was on potato handling and
engineering technology. We started the day at Tong in Spilsby.We were given a tour of the site and heard presentations from Edward
Tong. He spoke about the More...
We have had a fairly lively demand throughout June.
I haven’t put a fork in many new crops yet but
reports say there is a very mixed bag out there. Early areas seem to be on time
but most local cro More...
June our focus was on processing. We
visited McCain in the morning who
gave us information about their place in the market as the largest UK purchaser
of potatoes, the 104% increase in the volume of More...
Despite all the doom and gloom on the television recently about
declining potato demand our sales remain strong.
Planting is now
complete in this area and recent rain (30 mm in the last week) would More...
The trade during March has been quite lively.
announced Potato Council stock figures suggested 2.3m tonnes in store at the
end of January. This figure is up year on year based on higher pro More...
February has a reputation for being the slowest month of the year so I
am relatively pleased with sales.
There is a lot
of speculation about the UK potato area for the 2015 crop. There is no doubt
to have sold well over Christmas mainly on the back of some very strong
TESCO have been
selling 2.5kg of whites for 49 pence to compete with ALDI who have been
offering p More...
November has been another busy month.
Christmas will soon be upon
us the peak loading week will be the week commencing the 15th of
December but customers are already starting to build stocks.
We h More...
Nene looks to be
heading for the earliest completed harvest since I have been here and
undoubtedly the biggest crop. The search has been on over the past couple of
weeks for boxes and storage so that More...
Our September movement takes our cumulative total for the season way ahead of the same time last year.
There is little
doubt that we have a big crop this year so it is good that we have got off to
The last loads of the 2013 crop have been sold bringing the curtain down on a long and very
The 2014 crop
season has got off to a very busy start, we now need a good
quality crop More...