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SPot farm Scotland - Summer Open Day

AHDB Potatoes event

Event date :
Event date: 
Tuesday, 18 July, 2017 - 08:00
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Location :
Location: 
Bruce Farms, Cardean Farm, Meigle, Perthshire

AM Session 10:30am – 12:30pm =

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PM Session 1:30pm – 3:30pm =

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10.00:   Registration

10.30:   Event Open/Welcome

10.40:    SPot Overview – Claire Hodge, AHDB 

11.00:    Cultivation – Mark Stalham NIAB CUF     

Research into cultivation methods has proven that reducing cultivations cannot just reduce time and costs but also increase yield and quality. Mark will present data collected in 2016 from the Scottish SPot farm project which shows real pack out figures. He will compare this to results from across the country and discuss how this can be altered to soil conditions at planting.

11.30:    Workshops @ 20 minutes interactive sessions

o   WORKSHOP 1 - Mark Stalham: Cultivations

Treatments:

1.       Bedform 12”, Bedtill 12”, Destone 12”

2.       Bedform 12” Bedtill  6” Destone 12”

3.       Bedform 12” No Bedtilling, Destone 10”

4.       Bedtill 12”, Destone 12” (New)

o   WORKSHOP 2- Blair McKenzie: Cover Crops

Treatments:

1.       Oats, spring ploughed

2.       Kings Structure mix -  Oil Radish, Tillage Radish, European Oat, Forage Rye & Phacelia, spring     ploughed

3.       Kings Vitality mix – Oil Radish, Strigosa Oat, Berseem Clover, Vetch & Phacelia, spring ploughed

4.       Stubble, spring ploughed

5.       Autumn ploughed

o   WORKSHOP 3 - Alison Lease: Soil Sampling & Blight spore trapping

o   WORKSHOP 4 - Anne Stone: Fertiliser rates and application

Treatments:

1.       Liquid

2.       Standen

3.       Reduced rate N

4.       Standard (1050 kg /ha 14:14:21, total of 147 kg N) top dressed 185 kg/ha of calcium nitrate (29 kg N/ha)

12.30: LUNCH

13.00: JANE KING WELCOME

13.30: OPEN afternoon session – Repeat of morning sessions