UPDATE: All 20 places are now full for this course.
We are still able to take names for our reserve list which will be operated on a first come, first served basis if any of our delegates is unable to attend.
The 2024 PSI Potato Store Managers' Course is being held next month on 28/29 February at The Crown Hotel in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire.
This is a participative course for growers and store managers who are involved in the day-to-day management of potato stores. The course follows a tried and tested format and will include talks, group discussions and practical interactive sessions, focusing on all aspects of potato storage. There will be opportunity for delegates to raise specific concerns and for these to be addressed during the course on a 1:1 or group basis. Delegate numbers are limited to 20, so speedy application is recommended. Areas covered will include:
Storing potatoes to meet market needs
Composition, activity & persistence of chemicals
Basic physiology for storage
Recognition, biology & control of storage diseases
Maintaining skin finish for pre‑packing
Drying, wound healing & pull-down
Managing processing crop quality
Integrated management and sprout suppression
Seed store management
Store loading strategies
Practical store operation
Quality control and protocols
Application of crop protection chemistry for treatment of stored potatoes & potato stores
Safe use, handling, transport & storage of chemicals for potato storage
Sprout suppression options post-CIPC
Storage buildings and control systems
Store management principles
Recognition, biology & control of storage pests
Energy efficiency & cost control
Health & safety
Tutors will include Adrian Cunnington of PSI and Glyn Harper, both formerly of Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research. Adrian Cunnington is an accredited BASIS Trainer. The course is organised by Potato Storage Insight Ltd (PSI) of which Adrian Cunnington is a director.
All course participants have the option to take the BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection (Stored Potatoes) examination at extra cost. This can be booked at the outset or may be added immediately after completion of the course. Details are available at https://basis-reg.co.uk/documents/syllabuses/10920.pdf
The examination will take place on Tuesday 26 March 2024. See the booking form for details.
Download an application form here:
Or call 07970 072260.