Thursday, 30 April 2015

Phil Burgess' 90 second update

Phil's update discusses how we are bringing together the AHDB Potatoes funded research on one 20ha site, and gives a flavour of the range of practices we'll be showcasing this season. 

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

My mission (James Bond style)…

Hannah Goodwin
My mission is to keep you connected with the goings on at the Strategic Potato Farm here in Rugeley Staffordshire over the coming weeks and months.

As the saying goes, a picture paints a thousand words, so get ready for plenty of all-weather photos and video clips.

If there’s anything specific you would like me to chart on the journey, let me know – my contact details are in the top right hand corner of the page.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Land work begins

This weekend saw the start of field preparations at the site which has been in kale and grazed by sheep up until February. 

Simba SL 700 cultivator in action which was then followed by a TWB machine, both working at shallow depths.
But its not all plain sailing, with 5mm of rain last night and the ground white with frost this morning.

Still freezing!

A flavour of some of the things James is involved with...

James Daw features on ITV
Click here to view the full clip:

Friday, 10 April 2015

Blogjectives – much more than just a journal…

This is the start of a blog in which we aim to highlight some of the extensive research work underway at the demonstration farm and provide a platform to stimulate thought and discussion on potato production best practice.  
Through this blog we will:

·         Keep you up-to-date with the demonstration farm and areas of work being examined

·         Provide regular updates on the progress of the crop and field operations taking place

·         Share with you treatment differences and the effects of various production practices on the  crop

·         Explore the thinking behind practices being tried to help you consider what would work on your own enterprise

Thursday, 9 April 2015

What’s this all about then?

This potato growing season sees the start of an all-new programme of work which will run through until the end of the 2018/19 cropping year. With each year focusing on different topic areas of AHDB Potatoes funded research.

Factual, evidence-based advice, information and activity is core to what we do at AHDB Potatoes. At the Strategic Potato Farm we are up scaling the research work we fund to commercial, field-level demonstrations. Gone are the 12 metre plots. At James Daw and family’s farm in Staffordshire we’re examining potato production from a best practice perspective on a 20 hectare site.

James has pioneered some of the latest precision techniques (click here to view a recent press article) and we’ll be featuring this work on the site as well.

We will be running a series of open days and workshops, as well as producing a series electronic tools. All aimed at helping you take the latest thinking and industry developments home to your enterprise.

Through this blog we’ll keep you updated with all this activity. And there will be input from James and members of the team at AHDB Potatoes, as well as NIAB CUF, who have been involved in the research which sits behind these demonstrations.