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SPot farm East Field Walk

AHDB Potatoes event

Event date :
Event date: 
Thursday, 22 June, 2017 - 14:30 to 17:00
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Location :
SPot East: Avenue Farm, Icklingham, IP28 6PZ



The field walk at Elveden Estate provides a chance for attendees to have a first view of of this years demonstrations and discuss the areas of study with experts, agronomists and other farmers

Experts leading the discussions

  • Dr Mark Stalham, Senior Reseach scientist,  NIAB CUF
  • Dr Marc Allison Senior Reseach scientist NIAB CUF
  • Dr Philip Burgess, Head of Knowledge Exchange, AHDB Ptatoes
  • Graeme Tomalin, Agronomist, Vegetable Consultaty services

Discussion facilitated by

  • Teresa Meadows, AHDB Knowledge exchanage Manager.

Topics covered

1.    Potato Common scab control (Dr Mark Stalham).

Using the latest knowledge of irrigation requirments to control common scab with minimal resourses. Disscusion of the water requirments, timing and varietal resistance. Soil type interactions.

2.    Nitrogen use efficiency under differing irrigation regimes (Dr Marc Allison)

Discussion of the in-season nitrogen requirements as obsersved in an extencive demonstration including different application timings, methods and rates. Use of the latest technology to track nitrogen movements within the soil profile. Discussion of the appropriate rates of N use in a vareity of situations.

3.    Herbicide demonstration (Graeme Tomalin)

Large scale demonstration of different residual herbicide programmes as applicable to ca. 20 different potato varieties. Weed identification in the field with assessment of programme efficacy.

4.    Manipulation of potato tuber numbers (Graeme Tomalin and Philip Burgess)

Producing the correct crop specification, including tuber size is essential for grower profitability. This demonstration looks at the methods available to manipulate tuber number production in processing and salad crops.

5.    Reducing soil run-off and associtated pollution. (Dr Mark Stalham)

Demonstration of different proven techniques for reducing soil run off in a potato field. Demonstration includes 3 different mitigation techniques and assessment of their efficacy under two different irrigation regimes. Discussion of the risk factors leading to run-off events and the appropriate mitgation methods.


  • From Newmarket- take 4th exit off Barton Mills roundabout onto Mildenhall rd/A1101. Turn left onto the B1112, destination will be 0.9mile on left.
  • From Thetford- At Barton Mills roundabout take 1st exit onto Mildenhall rd/A1101. Turn left onto the B1112, destination will be 0.9mile on left.
  • WARNING - ignore satnav if asking you to turn off before Barton Mills roundabout (there is no longer a left turn due to A11 duelling).

Elveden Estate return again to host the ‘SPot Farm East’ programme for 2017.

The 22,500 acre estate is located in the East Anglian ‘Brecks’, a name originating from the medieval term for ‘broken land’, referring to the nutrient deficient sandy soils.  Elveden Estate specialises in vegetable production, especially potatoes, onions, carrots and parsnips. 

SPot Farm East puts potato research into practice by demonstrating cutting-edge techniques - appropriate to the region and market sector - in a commercial-scale growing environment. The Greater Cambridge / Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership funding is helping East Anglian potato farmers more effectively manage the key problems facing the industry. 

Please note that more detailed agenda will follow closer to the event, however SPot East trials cover the following:

  • Common scab control.
  • Irrigation efficiency.
  • Nitrogen strategy and its movement through the soil.