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Store Managers' Course 2022 successfully delivered

Thanks to all who supported our two-day, residential Potato Store Managers' Course on 15/16 March 2022 at Retford, Nottinghamshire.

This was a participative course for growers and store managers who are involved in the day-to-day management of potato stores. The course followed a format that's tried and tested by the tutors and will include talks, group discussions and practical interactive sessions, focusing on all aspects of potato storage. There was 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 were limited to 20to encourage discussion and participation.

Areas covered included:

  • Store management principles

  • Storage buildings and control systems

  • Basic physiology for storage

  • Store monitoring

  • Store hygiene and disease control

  • Maintaining skin finish for pre‑packing

  • Drying, wound healing & pull-down

  • Managing processing crop quality

  • Sprout suppression options post-CIPC

  • Seed store management

  • Ethylene management

  • Store loading strategies

  • Practical store operation

  • Store ventilation

  • Quality control and protocols

  • Condensation control

  • Energy efficiency

  • Health & safety

Tutors were Adrian Cunnington and Glyn Harper formerly of Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research. The course was organised by Potato Storage Insight Ltd (PSI) of which Adrian Cunnington is a director.

Course included lunch and refreshments each day and course dinner on the Tuesday evening.

Each participant received a certificate on completion of the course.

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