This year’s packed agenda at the Midlands Potato Day will include practical in-the-field discussions on topics such as soil compaction, fertiliser application and the opportunity to see the George Moat Tillerstar on the land.
The event to be held on June 20 at Corfton Farms Ltd, Corfton, Craven Arms, Shropshire will also feature a discussion on opportunities and threats for growers in the face of a global downturn, led by Neil Cameron of Bidwells. In addition, Paul Coleman, technical director of Greenvale AP Ltd, will examine the future of the Pre-Pack sector and Potato Council head of communications, Sharon Hall will update delegates on the Council’s present and future activities.
Adrian Briddon of Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research will assess the use of inverters in the farm’s newly built potato stores and how they can help save energy costs. He will also talk about CIPC use and the need to follow best practice.
Out in the field, Philip Wright of Wright Resolutions will be examining soil structure and compaction under the farm’s current cultivation regime and any changes that he considers advisable. There will also be discussions on the farm’s fertiliser application with reference to Precision Farming.
In addition, the event offers delegates the chance to view the latest equipment in stands placed by local dealers.
“We are expecting another record turnout this year as the West Midlands Day offers growers the opportunity to engage with the speakers and discuss practical topics of concern to them,” says Dr Hall, who will be staying at the event all day to speak with growers. “Don’t miss it!”
The West Midlands Potato Day is organised by Potato Council in partnership with Greenvale AP and McCain Foods Ltd.