Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Introducing SPot Farm Scotland...

“We aim to be forward thinking and to produce the best commercial potato crops that we possibly can on our own and rented ground across Perthshire and the Borders.”
That’s the confident message that Kerr Howatson, Potato Manager for Bruce Farms (hosts of our SPot Farm in Scotland) put out there when we announced this new project a little earlier in the year.

You probably already know by now that the Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm, is a practical, farmer-driven project which aims to give growers the opportunity to examine and discuss new techniques and research.

This SPot Farm Scotland project aims to be of benefit to all of Scotland’s potato growers and will run for 3 growing seasons starting formally in 2017 running through to the end of 2019.

There will be a series of open-days, farm-walks & tailored group visits each year.

Open day at Bruce Farms on 12 July, 2016

The Scottish SPot Farm actually opens ahead of schedule in 2016, this season being a ‘soft launch’, with a 24Ha (60acre) field of Maris Piper. Sign-up for the Open Day here

Consultation and engagement from the start

Scottish growers will have the opportunity to engage with the project over all three seasons, playing a key role in helping to shape the ideas for development and the techniques to be demonstrated.

The initial focus however is a simple comparison of different primary and secondary cultivation techniques (bed tilling and stone separating) across the field with the help of precision farming data.

Further subjects for examination will naturally arise for the forthcoming three seasons proper, as the project progresses and we gain that valuable grower input.

For more details on SPot Farm Scotland, get in touch with me, Claire Hodge (AHDB Knowledge Exchange Manager): or 07771 798 552

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