Storage Network - independent potato store visits

We're offering free one-to-one potato store visits via our new Storage Network. Read this article to learn what happens during a visit and how you can book yours.

Storage Network - what is it?

The Storage Network is a group of independent advisors trained by our specialists at Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research. Alongside five additional storage research projects, it is part of an £800,000 ring-fenced fund to help the industry deal with the withdrawal of CIPC, announced by AHDB in January.

Why should I book a visit?

The visits will allow you to get up to speed with their individual storage arrangements and to tackle issues you will encounter following the loss of sprout suppressant chlorpropham (CIPC).

Chris Yardley, one of the AHDB’s Storage Network Partners, said: “Storage will be a challenge post-CIPC. But through the Storage Network I want to help growers future-proof their store.

“Your one-to-one visit is a chance to discuss the latest AHDB research findings, enhance your Red Tractor requirements and start getting the best out of your store.”

What happens during a visit?

1. Store assessment 

2. Advice on how to mitigate any impact

3. Talk though the options

Who will visit my store?

Professionally qualified advisors, supported by our own experts from Sutton Bridge  Crop Storage Research.

How can I book a visit?

Store managers can sign-up for their visit by calling Emma Bates on 01406 359419 or e-mail


Tom McFarlane, Farm Manager of Bannister Farms in Lincolnshire, was visited by Adrian Cunnington, Head of SBCSR, in the summer of 2020. Tom said: 

"This visit was very useful. Having an independent professional in my own store, I got some good tips on improving airflow to help sprout suppressants work at their best".

The Storage Network is now on hold due to the national lockdown. At the moment you can register your interest for a visit in January. We can still offer advice over the phone . For any questions on storage, call the storage advice line free of charge on 0800 02 82 111 or email