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SPot Farm North - Somerby Top Farm, Barnetby, North Lincolnshire.

22 March 2018

Somerby Top farm is mixed arable farm in North Lincolnshire, is the newest Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm. On-farm events will begin in June.

The farm grows around 440 ha of main-crop potatoes for the packing market each year, in a rotation including peas, sugar beet, wheat, oilseed rape and linseed. It becomes the fifth active SPot Farm in Great Britain.

The farm spans the Lincolnshire/Yorkshire border and includes two soil types, a sandy loam on the Lincolnshire Wolds and silts on the Isle of Axholme. This will add an interest and widen the appeal of the SPot Farm, as growers from both counties will be able to view demonstrations relevant to them.


Please note that the below dates are provsional

Field walk    7th June 2018

Open day    19th July 

Field walk    16th August 2018

Field walk    18th September 2018

2018 Programme

·         Residual and contact herbicides trial

·         Potato nutrition and its effect on marketable yield demonstration

·         Sources of and timings of applications of P & K on a processing variety, demonstration

·         To plant headlands or not, demonstration

Knowledge Exchange Contact

Amber Cottingham

Knowledge Exchange Manager, East Midlands
M: 07815001462