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27 July 2011

Dr Gerry Saddler of Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) will be urging growers to play their part in minimising the risk to plant health at this year’s Potatoes in Practice to be held on August 11 at Balruddery Farm near Dundee.

In his seminar, Gerry will be examining how growers can work more closely with government to address these challenges.

With a good range of topical subjects in the field and in seminars, Britain’s largest field-based potato event is one not to be missed.

There will be a wide range of trials and demonstrations from The James Hutton Institute, Scottish Agricultural College (SAC), Masstock Arable (formerly CSC Potato Care), amongst others from the industry.

Speakers at this year’s seminar programme will be:

• Mark Prentice, head of Seed and Export at AHDB Potatoes, and Robert Burns from SASA, who will be talking about challenges and opportunities in seed exports
• Dr. John Kerr of SASA on the new EU PCN Directive
• Dr Gerry Saddler of SASA who will be speaking on plant health challenges

AHDB Potatoes-sponsored trials at the event will include the groundkeeper survey, volunteer control, seed tuber treatments and out-grade updates, among other trials and demonstrations.

Mark Prentice says: “This event provides an opportunity for growers and others in the industry to find out about the latest research and trials, and come away with valuable information that could make a real difference to their businesses.”

More than 700 delegates attended last year.

For more information on the event including visitor booking information, visit Potatoes In Practice: Here.

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