Strategic Potato Farms

Strategic Potato 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 up-scales the research and demonstrates the on-farm implementation of the science from our £1.5m annual R&D investment in a commercial, field-scale environment.

Trials and demonstrations

We conduct trials and demonstrations across our national network of farms. Subjects include local issues, selected by the host farmer and their steering group, and national multi-site trials.

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.


SPot Farm news and trial results

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

Current SPot hosts

Previous SPot hosts

Potatoes Knowledge Exchange team

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

Graham Bannister

Senior Knowledge Exchange Manager - Potatoes

Knowledge Transfer

Anne Stone

Knowledge Transfer Manager - Potatoes
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