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SPot Farm West - Heal Farms- Shropshire

21 February 2018


Heal Farms is an estate of arable crops and poultry, growing about 500ha of potatoes each year.

With a historic problem with Potato Cyst Nematodes (PCN) and Parasitic Free Living Nematode (FLN), we are keen to develop our understanding of both infestations by hosting SPot farm West.


Dr Bill Watts, Knowledge Exchange Manager, Wales, West Midlands and West of England

Mobile: 07776 660 796

2019 Programme and Events


Trials and demonstrations 2019 (presented at Open Day)

  • Residual herbicides
  • Alternative desaccation methods
  • Foliar phosphate under PCN pressure
  • Varietal dormancy for storage

2018 Season review

SPot West’s 2018 programme has focussed on chemical control of PCN and Rhizoctonia as growers and agronomists met at Heal Farms, Shropshire. 

Dr Matthew Back of Harper Adams University presented research, which has shown that PCN attack helps attract the Rhizoctonia fungus towards the tuber stolons. 

However, due to the high temperatures we have experienced this season, the fungus has caused less damage due to the faster emergence of potato crops.

Archive Programme:

  • Demonstration in the first year focused on:
  • Nematicide incorporation
  • Fluopyram nematicide: Best combination for use with other nematicide and rhizoctonia treatment
  • Biofumigation

​You can see presentations from our SPot West Results Day, which was held at Harper Adams University on Thursday 18 January 2018 by clicking here