Strategic Potato Farms

Strategic Potato (SPot) Farms are part of AHDB's Farm Excellence network. Find your nearest farm among the 80+ locations across the UK here

Inspiring farm excellence through farmer-led discussions

The SPot Farm programme is a network of potato growers throughout the UK hosting scientific research on their farms, paid for by a £1.5m annual R&D investment fund.

Trials and demonstrations

We conduct trials and demonstrations across our national network of farms. Some work aims to address local challenges experienced by growers, identified by the host farmer. In other cases the farms host national multi-site trials taking place across the network.

A recent example of a national trial was our desiccation work in 2019, where a fully replicated trial was held at six sites across Britain -  four of these sites were SPot Farms, where growers and agronomists were able to track progress at open days and field walks.

Results presentations

Host farms

“Our decision to host a SPot Farm was born out of a quest for knowledge, we have several challenges that come in to our business and businesses in the area who have light soils.

Holding a SPot farm here allowed us to look at best practice and innovation.”

Andrew Francis, Farm Director at former SPot Farm East, Elveden Farms Ltd

SPot Videos

Current SPot hosts

Previous SPot hosts

Potatoes Knowledge Exchange team

North West and North East

Image of staff member Graham Bannister

Graham Bannister

Senior Knowledge Exchange Manager - Potatoes


Image of staff member Richard Meredith

Richard Meredith

Interim Head of Arable Knowledge Exchange

East Anglia and South East

Image of staff member David Wilson

David Wilson

Knowledge Exchange Manager - Potatoes

East Midlands

Image of staff member Amber Barton

Amber Barton

Knowledge Exchange Manager - Potatoes

Wales, West Midlands and South West

Image of staff member Alex Wade

Alex Wade

Knowledge Exchange Manager - Cereals & Oilseeds

Knowledge Transfer

Image of staff member Anne Stone

Anne Stone

Knowledge Transfer Manager - Potatoes

Knowledge Transfer

Image of staff member Antonia Walker

Antonia Walker

Senior Knowledge Transfer Manager - Potatoes