Friday, 6 May 2016

Weather doesn’t stop SPot East…

Hello! Welcome. Good of you to join me.

I’m really happy to be here talking to you about what’s happening at SPot East, sorry if it was not the same for you but at Elveden it was glorious sunshine and 16 degrees at the site yesterday.

After much discussion and planning, we’ve now set on at least seven demonstrations for our first year of activity here at Elveden so I’m confident there will definitely be something of interest for everyone to see and discuss at this new host farm in the East of England.

Common scab, nitrogen management, sulphur nutrition, bed profiling, irrigation efficiency, PCN management and plant health are all in the mix.

But it’s a bit early to show you much progress on these areas just yet, because as you can see, the plants have not yet begun to emerge.

Still, given recent bizarre weather patterns, it’s good to be able to report that the crop is now in and our potatoes are waiting patiently for the sunshine and warmer temperatures to develop.

We managed 16 degrees during the day yesterday - let’s hope the forecast, which expects temperatures and sunshine to rise this week, is right!

(Met Office data)

Whilst the demo sites need time to shape up, activity is still strong here at the site.

Early weed development looks like it will highlight differences in control on the herbicide site.

Soils are moist underneath with a drying surface, but once the crops get going irrigation will be necessary without significant rainfall.

I’ll update on how activities are progressing through this Blog, but of course this is no substitute for popping down in person.

We’ve got a packed programme of events already scheduled (click to see our events pages).

I should let you know that the field sites are spread across the Elveden Estate (Near Thetford, off the A11) which is extensive - so please do book your places early or contact me to talk about the possibility of a bespoke visit as we will need to arrange transport.


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