Potatoes in Practice 2017

Potatoes in Practice 2017
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Potatoes in Practice is the largest field potato event in the UK. The event brings together variety trials, research and trade exhibits in one place making it an essential date in the potato industry calendar.

The event that starts at 8.30am and ends at 4.30pm on August 10, 2017 is intended for farmers, agronomists, industry, scientists and policymakers.
Access is free.

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Join in the conversation before, during and after the event on twitter by using #PotatoesInPractice

Potatoes in Practice is organised and hosted by the James Hutton Institute in partnership with AHDB Potatoes, SRUC (Scotland's Rural College) and Agrii. The event is also supported by media partner Potato Review

Seminar Sessions

The Potatoes in Practice seminar programme forms a key part of the technical knowledge exchange with growers.

Confirmed seminars are:

Session I Market Intelligence
  • Consumer Trends and the Potato Market: Stewart Batchelor, Insight Analyst, AHDB
  • Challenges and Opportunities for the Potatoes Industry from Brexit: David Swales, Head of Strategic Insight, AHDB

Session II Apps / Diagnostic Tools
  • The PotatoSize App – counting and sizing with image analysis: Matt Aitkenhead, James Hutton Institute
  • Buntata – Plant disease identification on the go!: Lesley Torrance, James Hutton Institute
  • BlightWatch: Claire Hodge, AHDB

Session III Blight
  • Intersection between research and potato and tomato growers: Christine Smart, School of Integrative Plant Science, Cornell University
  • Late Blight – from Smith Period to Hutton Criteria: Siobhan Dancey, James Hutton Institute

Session IV Agronomy
  • Title TBC: Peter Raatjes, RMA
  • The rise of PCN in ware potatoes and impact on land available for seed: Kim Davie, SASA and Andy Evans, SRUC
  • Scotland Green Cover Trials Update and Future Soil Borne Pest Management Strategies: Richard Barnes and Clive Wood of Kings

Demos, Displays and Dialogue

Come and speak to staff and researchers at the James Hutton Institute in both the field, main marquee and seminars marquee about a variety of topics:
  • Learning from the past in the future fight against blight?
  • Potato Breeding - parental improvement strategy at James Hutton Limited
  • PotatoSize App - seminar and in-field demonstration
  • The Commonwealth Potato Collection
  • What's next in the flight against blight?
  • Strategies to reduce waste due to greening in potato tubers
  • Climate-proofing potato against the effects of heat and drought
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