Potatoes in Practice 2024

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

In the field, you'll find commercial breeders showcasing the latest varieties, agronomists demonstrating what's new in crop protection and researchers discussing their most recent findings, all on hand to share their knowledge and give advice. And of course, no field event would be complete without machinery - both moving and static.

Potatoes in Practice is set to take place in person as a field event on Thursday 10 August at Balruddery Farm, Invergowrie, Dundee DD2 5LL.

Principal Organisers

  • The James Hutton Institute: Lucy Mitchell (Events and Engagement Manager), David Young (Field Manager) 
  • Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) 
  • Agrii: David Barclay (Technical Agronomist)

The 2024 programme:
9am – 3.30pm
Press breakfast 8am – 9am
Seminar times:

  • Seminar session 1: 10.30 – 11.00 The National Potato Innovation Centre. Grower concerns and potential solutions. 
  • Seminar session 2: 11.30 – 12.00 Virus, the problem and how to control it. Speakers: Graham Tomlin and Drummond Todd 
  • Seminar session 3: 13:30 – 14:00 Innovation in potato (The work of B-Hive / Potato Lite). B-Hive and Potato Lite (Speaker names TBC) 
  • Seminar session 4: 14:30 – 15:00 Fight against blight and an update to fungicide resistance guidelines. David Cooke and Faye Richie


Demonstrations of plots and machinery available all day.

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