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Potato storage just got that much harder There was a certain inevitability about the news that reached us in late June that the European Union’s Health and Food Safety Directorate – General Appeal Committee concluded that approval for chlorpropham (CIPC) for use as a herbicide and a sprout suppressant, cannot be renewed. CIPC has been under review for several years now and while its loss will present some serious challenges to farmers, store managers and the potato industry at large, it cannot have been a surprise to many. According to AHDB Potatoes, the regulation specifies that all member states will have to withdraw authorisations of products containing CIPC by 8th January 2020, and the maximum grace period for use, storage and disposal shall expire on the 8th October 2020 at the latest. It will be up to the UK’s CRD to decide on specific dates for UK final use, but it is expected it will follow the EU position. It will be illegal to use CIPC in the UK beyond the end dates and growers and store managers are advised to check with their supply chain partners/ customers prior to treating crop with CIPC, adds AHDB Potatoes. An article which appeared in Farmers Guide March 2019 edition (p19) clearly outlines sprout suppressant alternatives to CIPC, and would be a good starting point for options to consider once CIPC has been withdrawn. The article can also be found on the Farmers Guide website (search CIPC).

The driver, confused, said to him: “Officer, I don’t understand, I was doing exactly the speed limit! What seems to be the problem?” “Madam,” the officer replied, “you weren’t speeding, but you should know that driving slower than the speed limit can also be a danger to other drivers.” The farmer’s wife replied: “Slower than the speed limit? No sir, I was doing the speed limit exactly....11mph!” The police officer, trying to contain a chuckle, explained to her that ‘M11’ was the road number, not the speed limit. A bit embarrassed, the farmer’s wife grinned and thanked the officer for pointing

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out her error. “But before I let you go, Madam, I have to ask if everyone in the car is OK? Your passengers seem awfully shaken, and they haven’t made a sound,” the officer said. “Oh, they’ll be all right in a minute officer,” she replied. “We’ve just come off the A120!” Thanks to Sam Griffin of ATV implement and accessory manufacturer, Logic, for providing this month’s joke. Do you have a joke to share? A Farmers Guide boot bag will be sent to anyone who gets one published in the magazine. Please send it to: dominic@ farmersguide.co.uk. ■

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And finally… Waiting between Bishop Stortford and Harlow to catch speeding drivers, a police officer saw an old farm Land Rover pottering along the M11 motorway at 11mph. He drove his patrol car on to the inside lane behind the Land Rover, turned on his blue lights and pulled the vehicle over. Approaching the car, he noticed that there were five old ladies inside; two in the front seats and three in the back – all wide eyed and white as ghosts.

NIAB has awarded its Centenary Cereals Cup to winter wheat Robigus, naming it the most influential UK cereal variety from the past 100 years. With the cup at Cereals are KWS wheat breeder Mark Dodds (left) and KWS managing director Andrew Newby.

Despite the torrential rain in Lincolnshire in mid June, the Cereals event went ahead as planned and, as ever, the Farmers Guide editorial team was on-hand to bring you the latest developments from the machinery and agronomy lines. We have produced a 26-page report in this edition, starting on page 69, and there are additional reports in the Arable section near the front of the magazine.

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