Potato agronomy and technical resources
Tools, resources and publications to help you manage your growing potato crop.
For storage resources, see ahdb.org.uk/storage-hub
You can hear more about our technical work at our regional and digital events, or via our specialist technical newsletters. Sign-up for our quarterly agronomy newsletter below, to hear about all the latest research and field trial results. We also have a monthly storage newsletter and printed magazine for the arable sector three times a year.
Varieties, soil health and tuber care
PCN tolerance has now been listed across 20 varieties and dormancy ranking established for 70% of area grown
Potato variety comparison tool
View and select varietal characteristics including pest and disease resistance to assist growers in varietal choice and reducing chemical use
Factsheet - Potato tuber treatments
Assess the disease risk of seed potatoes and plan a growth strategy based on tuber treatment
Potato planting, cultivation, nutrition and irrigation
Levy from all sectors funds the RB209 nutrient management guide, used by 94% of farm nutrient management plans in 2019.
Nutrient Management Guide (RB209)
Helps you make the most of organic materials and balance the benefits of fertiliser use against cost
Potato crop protection
£1.2m spent on crop protection research, forecasting and monitoring over the last 3 years. The levy funds essential national aphid monitoring and forecasting tools, and updated best practice as part of the National Aphid and Virus Forum plan
Crop protection tools
The levy funds Blightwatch, Fight Against Blight and British involvement in the Euro blight programme providing early warning of aggressive and resistant strains
Desiccation and harvest
Since 2018 we have spent £105,000 on field trials on desiccation, providing clear guidance on haulm destruction without diquat. Use the resources below to access the findings from that work - including webinar recordings, articles and video.
Your Potatoes Knowledge Exchange Team
The Knowledge Exchange (KE) team via your local KE Manager is your first point of call. The team is dedicated to helping you access our research, tools and events:
North West and North East
East Anglia and South East
Wales, West Midlands and South West
Knowledge transfer and research contacts
This team manage AHDB's research projects on your behalf, and pick out the key conclusions and recommendations ready for publications, webpages, field trials and events.