Summer events preview - potatoes

Thursday, 6 June 2019

There are more events for you to attend this year than ever before, offering you a chance to discuss key subjects with independent experts, AHDB team members and other growers.

You can find the right event for you via our new events portal. Where you can search by sector and/or location and register direct from the website.


Exhibitions, large field events and conferences

Yorkshire Variety Day – 31 July

In partnership with Whole Crop Marketing, a field based event with variety trials, demos and seminar programme.

Potatoes in Practice, Dundee – 8 August

Potatoes in Practice is the largest field-based potato event in the UK. The event brings together variety demonstrations, research and trade exhibits in one place.

Yorkshire Variety Day and Potatoes in Practice are the two most potatoes focussed events of the 'Arable Connections' series. Though all events int he series will ahve content relevant to potato growers. The other events take place between 18 June, and 4 July across the country, find out more at 

Potato Europe, Belgium – 4 and 5 September

AHDB host a British stand at this international potato trade show, this year in Belgium. If you're interested in our activity at the show, please contact sends e-mail)

Consumer Insight Conference – 25 September

The trends that affect our sector, delivered by Kantar, IGD and other independent experts

BP2019, Harrogate – 20 and 21 November

AHDB is again knowledge exchange partner for the event, running the seminar programme and showcasing our services form a large central stand.

Agronomists Conference – 3 and 4 December

The latest from our Arable research programme presented to agronomists and growers.

Strategic Potato Farm Events

Event dates and demonstration topics 2019

Strategic Potato Farm East, Outgoing host: Elveden Farms Ltd., Incoming host: James Foskett Farms Ltd., Suffolk

Both farms will host events this summer, before James Foskett Farms officially become SPot hosts in September.

Dates for the diary:

  • Field walk and storage update (James Foskett Farms) - 18 July
  • Desiccation demo (Elveden Farms) - Date TBC August/September (based on crop progress)
Strategic Potato Farm Scotland - Bruce Farms, Meigle, Blairgowrie, Perthshire

Hosts – Geoff Bruce and Kerr Howatson

Demonstration topics

  • Cultivations
  • Nutrition
  • Seed spacing
  • Cover crops
  • Precision

Dates for the diary

  • Open day – 9 July (the day will include a ‘golden plot’ featuring all the best practice approaches to growing)


Strategic Potato Farm West – Heal Farms, Shawbury, Nr Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Host – Matthew Wallace

Demonstration topics

  • Desiccation demonstration
  • Herbicide trial
  • Danfoil low water volume sprayer investigation (demonstration)
  • Investigation of foliar phosphate for PCN damage mitigation (demonstration)
  • Varietal plots for Sutton Bridge natural dormancy studies

Dates for the diary

  • Sprayer demonstration day – 20 June
  • Open day – 11 July
Strategic Potato Farm South  – Dillington Farms, Illminster, Somerset

Hosts – Chris Wilson and Ollie Blackburn

Demonstration topics

  • Desiccation demonstration
  • Herbicide demonstration
  • Haulm destruction trial
  • In-field ‘Ground Data’ sensor technology for crop monitoring

Dates for the diary

  • Herbicides field walk – 13 June
  • Open day – 15 August
Strategic Potato Farm North – RJ and AE Godfrey, Brigg, North Lincolnshire

Hosts – Alex Godfrey and Will Gagg

Demonstration topics

  • Residual herbicides trial (fully replicated trial)
  • Irrigation methods – taking into account financial and marketable yield (demonstration)
  • Organic matter (demonstration)
  • Desiccation – agricultural chemical and mechanical (two fully replicated trials)
  • Dormancy and Maleic Hydrazide (fully replicated trial)

Dates for the diary

  • Field walk – 6 June
  • Open day – 16 July
  • Field walk – 15 August
  • Haulm destruction day – date to be confirmed depending on the season

Monitor Farm Events

Though they began in the Cereals and Oilseeds sector, Monitor Farm events, with their strong business focus, are relevant for all arable farmers. Potato growers are encouraged to attend.

Find your near SPot Farm, or Monitor Farm event via our new fully searchable events portal