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Get early access to all the technical knowledge at BP2015

Publication Date: 
28 October 2015

Get early access to all the technical knowledge at BP2015

BP2015 will be the biggest ever this year, and AHDB Potatoes Knowledge Exchange (KE) team will be out in force at the event in the ‘Knowledge Zone’, strategically co-located with the extensive Seminar programme on both event days.

Visitors wanting to get hold of the latest technical knowledge at BP2015 will need to get there early in order to get some quality time with AHDB Potatoes technical team. (Pre-register here).

The R&D and technical teams will be stationed in the Queen’s Suite Foyer next to the seminars to talk to you about a wide range of technical topics, so if there is a crop concern you need to discuss, this is the right place for you.

With the new SPot Farm initative and Next Generation programme launched this year, a new nutrition manual (RB209) and PCN management guide in production, Hannah Goodwin has much to share and update with you on AHDB Potatoes’ work in leading these projects.

Nine work programmes have been demonstrated at SPot Farm this season, putting AHDB Potatoes-funded research very much into practice. And now, with lifting complete, Hannah will be showcasing the new suite of videos which captures the season and gives access to best practice.

If our Next Generation programme interests you, which aims to develop future industry innovators and leaders, the 2016-17 application process will launch at BP2015.


The management of soils and water are increasingly under the spotlight. AHDB Potatoes is helping growers make the best use of both and navigate the regulatory changes which effect these vital resources.

Each year we make a significant investment in a wide range of research and knowledge transfer activities to help industry manage soils better. AHDB Potatoes’ Jenny Bashford wants to meet with visitors at BP2015 to talk about the tools available for soil management and will decipher the latest research and legislative information to help you make informed business decisions.


For those who manage bulk, box, ambient or refrigerated stores, we launch a new Storage Cost Calculator at BP2015 which will be demonstrated in the Knowledge Zone by Phil Bradshaw. Phil will provide guidance on this new tool which provides users with an easy way to assess the optimal storage profile for their crop.

Health and safety is taken seriously in our industry and Phil will display an updated suite of H&S training modules for high-risk activities in our industry. Be one of the first to see the new video trailer in the Knowledge Zone, in advance of the new training modules being launched for the 2016 season.


Pests, disease and damage protection are the focus of Claire Hodge’s activities, so if you have concerns about aphids, virus transmission, Blight, Blackleg or crop damage, Claire will demonstrate the levy-funded work being done to help in these areas. Claire will explain how improved disease monitoring, reporting and new science is leading to better understanding of disease epidemiology. The perennial problem of damage still accounts for high wastage and quality issues and Claire will talk about why she believes that awareness and training of frontline staff is essential for a modern potato operation to function profitably.


AHDB Potatoes R&D team will also be on hand in this Knowledge Zone, so this area really will be a ‘one-stop-shop’ for science and technical information.

The Knowledge Zone will be located in the Queen’s Suite Foyer, next to the Seminar Room at BP2015 and will be open throughout the event. The team looks forward to meeting you and discussing the technical issues of the day with you.

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