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Potato Showcase week: AHDB to share market, agronomy, research information with growers

The British potato industry would usually gather over the course of the summer with events across the country, but due to current restrictions AHDB says it is facing the challenges of finding new ways to get together and share information across the industry.

A week dedicated to the potato industry 

The Potato Knowledge Exchange team at AHDB pulled together a week long programme of information – 6th to 9th July – which would have been showcased in field activities. This would be a critical time of year with growing crop considering current agronomic management, future solutions coming through research programmes and thinking about the market dynamics ahead.

The week has been designed to showcase AHDB services and how they mirror growers’ work on farm. Join AHDB as the organization starts with the market and work through how its long term research plans interact with the agronomy challenges you face on farm. Finally, on Thursday follows an introduction to AHDB’s Strategic Potato Farms and the growers that host them – the place where AHDB research is used in practice and where growers can present their experiences, challenges and questions.

AHDB released the following program of activities during the week, and PNT re-publish it as such below.


Monday 6th July 15.30-17.00

Join our Market Intelligence team to see what’s happening in your market as well as hearing our first planted area estimate for the 2020 season. We will also get an overview of the current European market situation from Cedric porter, Managing Editor at World Potato Markets As well as an update on the latest AHDB marketing activity with Nicola Dodd.

Host: Amber Barton
Guests:Nicola Dodd, Alice Bailey, Cedric Porter
The Future of Potato Rotations, Blackleg Management and Aphids

Tuesday 7th July 15.00-16.30

Be among the first to put ideas into practice based on AHDB research programmes, as you hear the latest from ongoing projects from the researchers, growers and agronomists involved in them

Host: Bill Watts
Guests: Dr Marc Allison, Andrew Webster. Prof Ian Toth, Dr Jane Thomas
Can precision technology help optimise potato crop potential? 

Wednesday 8th July 15.30-17.00

Make tech work for you by linking it to the life and agronomy cycle of the potato season

Host: David Wilson and Mike Storey
Guests: Jim Wilson, Paul Coleman
Strategic Potato Farms – Putting Research into Practice

Thursday 9th July 15.30-17.00

Our growers in Montrose, Lincolnshire and Suffolk explain how they are rising to the challenges of the season, while running local and national trials for the benefit of all.

Listen to what our potato growers are planning across the strategic farm network. Through the week we will have learnt about markets, research and commercial innovation, this session is to discuss how this is being applied in the field and what we can do to progress.

Eric Anderson will update us from an agronomist perspective how we can build better strategies towards PCN management and thinking about alternative approaches to virus control.

Host: Claire Hodge
Guests: Jim Reid, Mike Shapland, Will Gagg, Eric Anderson

Source: AHDB

Lukie Pieterse, Editor and Publisher of Potato News Today

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