The AHDB Potato Showcase week 6th – 9th July 2020

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

The potato industry would usually gather over the course of the summer at events held across the country. Due to the current restrictions our Knowledge Exchange delivered a virtual series of webinars as part of the Potato Showcase week. 

A week dedicated to the potato industry 

The Potato Knowledge Exchange team had organised a weeklong programme of online events covering topics ranging from agronomic management to future solutions and market dynamic. The latest research information from AHDB was presented together with updates on farm trials at our strategic potato farms. These would usually have been showcased in our field activities.

The week was designed to showcase our wide range of services and how they mirror your work on farm. We would like to thank everyone who attended these webinars. If you missed any of these sessions, you can watch the recordings below. 


  • Potato Markets & Marketing

In the first webinar of the week, our Market Intelligence team talked about markets, how they have been affected by Coronavirus and what the future might hold for the potato industry. An overview of the current European market situation was provided by Cedric Porter, Managing Editor at World Potato Markets, as well as an update on the latest AHDB marketing activity with Nicola Dodd.

Host: Amber Barton

Guests:Nicola Dodd, Alice Bailey, Cedric Porter


  • The Future of Potato Rotations, Blackleg Management and Aphids

Learn how to put ideas into practice based on AHDB research programmes, as you hear the latest project updates from the researchers, growers and agronomists involved with them.

Host: Bill Watts

Guests: Dr Marc Allison, Andrew Webster. Prof Ian Toth, Dr Jane Thomas 


  • Can precision technology help optimise potato crop potential? 

Find out how you can make technology work for you by linking it to the life and agronomy cycle of the potato season.

Host: David Wilson and Mike Storey

Guests: Jim Wilson of Soil Essentials, Paul Coleman of Crop4Sight, Vee Gururajan of B-Hive Innovations Ltd, Ed Hodson of Grimme UK


  • Strategic Potato Farms - Putting Research into Practice

Our growers in Aberdeenshire, Lincolnshire and Suffolk explain how they are rising to the challenges of the season, while running local and national trials for the benefit of all.

Listen to what our potato growers are planning across the strategic farm network. Through the week we will have learnt about markets, research and commercial innovation, this discussed how this is being applied in the field and what we can do to progress. Eric Anderson offered an agronomist’s perspective on how we can build better strategies towards PCN management and the latest views on alternative approaches to virus control.

Host: Claire Hodge

Guests: Jim Reid, Mike Shapland, Will Gagg, Eric Anderson


Strategic Potato Farms 

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