Climate Change Impacts on the UK Potato Industry

Report No. 2011/3 on the likely impacts of climate change on potato production, focussing principally on yield (including quality) and water use, in selected processing and pre-pack varieties.

Year of Publication2011

In GB, there will be many implications of climate change for the potato industry, including the possibility that warmer springs will result in earlier plantings with consequent impacts on canopy management, as well as changes in crop husbandry and the potential for higher yields. The areas suitable for new potato plantings may also increase, due to changing local soil and agroclimate conditions. However, a reduction in the availability and reliability of water supplies may lead to a shift in cropping to parts of the country where there is less reliance on supplemental irrigation. But equally, there may be areas (and cultivars) where irrigation is not currently required, which may require irrigation.The key findings arising from the research, and the implications for potato growers regarding climate change adaptation are summarised in terms of:- Potato yield and water use- Land suitability and crop husbandry- Water resources and irrigation water demand

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