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Potato-growing trial in the UK uncovers big savings

Potato growers with AHDB’s Farm Excellence Network in the UK have found a way of saving over £65 per hectare in production costs while increasing yield.

Their findings come after a three-year trial programme for the network, and were revealed last week at Guardswell Farm for the Strategic Potato Farm Scotland Results Day.

By reducing their cultivation process, as well as decrease the amount of nitrogen, growers saved £31 per hectare on fertilisers, and £36 per hectare on fuel and labour.

The SPot Farm Scotland project, which was part-funded by the Scottish Government, used on-farm demonstration sites at Bruce Farms in Meigle, Perthshire to host a series of trials on subjects including cultivation, spacing and nitrogen nutrition.

Dr. Mark Stalham, head of the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) at Cambridge University Farm, said: “Cultivation, spacing and nitrogen nutrition were our key themes over the last four years of trials on crops of Maris Piper.

Full report by Fresh Produce Journal here

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