Friday, 5 May 2017

2017 season kicks off at SPot East, Elveden

Read the first blog from SPot East by guest blogger and AHDB Potatoes Knowledge Exchange Manager, Phil Burgess.

Planting has been completed on all trial and demonstration areas, other than one small area, which has been delayed in order to test our herbicide programmes to the limit and provide the best demonstration when it comes to our open day visits.

Dr Mark Stalham and his team have been busy implementing some complex studies on the timing and fate of Nitrogen. The biggest challenge has been trying to find the balance that keeps the trials scientifically robust and keeping the irrigation regimes workable in a commercial setting, but they’re all in place now, so far so good!

We all know it’s been very dry so far this spring. Which should provide a really robust test of the irrigation regimes on the full range of varieties. At least I’m pleased!

Increasing tuber numbers is a subject of much discussion at Elveden, and as the onsite agronomist the onus lays with Graham Tomalin. Graham and his team have been working hard, planning small plot trials aimed at manipulating tuber numbers. But like on most farms, they’re always asked to produce more! So this demonstration aims to show what can be achieved in both salad and processing crops.

Farm manager, Andrew Francis is as you would expect, always in the thick the action. This year he has brought a number of machines on to the farm, which are designed to reduce run-off. An area that we hope to include in the Spot farm activity this season.

So it’s all action at SPot East. See here or here 

We look forward to seeing you at Elveden during the summer. All the events for SPot farm East are listed below, to register simply click on the link.

SPot farm East - Field Walk - 22 June 2017 

SPot farm East - Open Day - Thursday 6 July, 2017 
Morning session
Afternoon session

SPot farm East – Field Walk – 3 August 2017

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