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SPot Farm South - Dillington, Somerset

18 May 2018


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 (at the time called SPot South West) at the beginning of the 2017 season. In its first year as a SPot 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 2019

2019 Programme

  • Desiccation
  • Herbicides
  • Mechanical haulm destruction
  • Data collection in field (TBC)

2018 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 host were revealed at  Frogmary Green Farm  in South Petherton on Tuesday 28 November 2017.

All presenations can be found here


Dr Bill Watts, Knowledge Exchange Manager, Wales, West Midlands and West of England sends e-mail)

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