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.


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.


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

An IPM approach is required to deal with this persistent pest

What we know about potato virus and how to monitor and manage aphids

Late blight remains the single most important potato disease, costing the industry an estimated £50M annually in crop protection chemicals in a typical blight pressure season.

Find out which are the most efficient herbicides and application methods for weed control management in potatoes

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


Key contacts

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

Graham Bannister

Senior Knowledge Exchange Manager - Potatoes

Scotland

Claire Hodge

Senior Knowledge Exchange Manager (Scotland) - Arable

East Anglia and South East

David Wilson

Knowledge Exchange Manager - Potatoes

East Midlands

Amber Barton

Knowledge Exchange Manager - Potatoes

Wales, West Midlands and South West

Alex Wade

Knowledge Exchange Manager - Potatoes

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.

Antonia Walker

Senior Knowledge Transfer Manager - Potatoes

Anne Stone

Knowledge Transfer Manager - Potatoes

Sue Cowgill

Crop Protection Senior Scientist: Pests

Alice Sin

Resource Management Scientist

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