Another successful Potatoes In Practice (PIP) event was held at the James Hutton Institute’s Balruddery Farm on 11 August.
The annual showcase, which is the largest field-based potato event in the UK, is reported to have attracted over 700 delegates from across the sector, including international guests and industry speakers.
This year’s event featured the latest leading research, machinery demonstrations and trial plot tours, as well as seminars discussing the current issues and topics from across the sector.
A key point of interest was the launch of a new molecular diagnostic service for the diagnosis of Free Living Nematodes (FLN), by James Hutton Limited. This service is thought to be a quicker and more cost-effective method of sampling and soil testing, which will provide a greater degree of accuracy for UK growers who regularly monitor soil pest levels. Visitors were also introduced to a new App by Agrovista UK, which instantly measures tuber diameter and calculates yield per hectare from an image. This exciting new innovation is due to be launched in November.
The AHDB led Grower Platform Survey was also highlighted at the event. This survey aims to gather vital data to support research into the management of rotations, to enable improvements in agronomic and economic sustainability for UK farming. Those wanting to take part in the grower survey can do so by visiting http://www.niab.com/pages/ id/448/AHDB_Management_of_ Rotations_-_Grower_Platform_Survey
For more information about the PIP event and the James Hutton Institute, visit www.hutton.ac.uk.