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SPot Farm South West - Dillington, Somerset

18 May 2018

Location

Dillington farm is a 1,000Ha estate, which boasts 370-cow dairy herd, and an arable rotation of oil see-rape, maize and potatoes.

Commercially the farm produces Electra potatoes, which are ideal for the area due to their high yielding qualities. Melody, Georgina and Lalorma are also grown to meet the demands of their main supplier, Branston to be packed for Tesco.

The farm was introduced as SPot South West at the beginning of the 2017 season. In its first year as a SPot South West host, trials are looking in to the effects of nitrogen and irrigation, which is a useful study for the area due to the high counts of dry matter.

Events

Open Day – Tuesday 31 July

Programme

·         Nitrogen rates on an indeterminate variety, Electra

·         Cover crops, effect on cultivation pre-potato

·         Anaerobic digestate, value as fertiliser

·         IPM for late blight

​2017 Programme

Results from a first year at Dillington Farms as SPot South West host were revealed at  Frogmary Green Farm  in South Petherton on Tuesday 28 November 2017.

All presenations can be found here

Contact:

Dr Anne Stone 

Knowledge Exchange Manager

AHDB Potatoes

T: 024 7647 8668  

M: 07813527527 

Anne.Stone@ahdb.org.uk