All set for East Anglian potato day

11:08 25 August 2012

Growers from across the region will have an opportunity to be briefed about the latest developments at the East of England Potato Day on Thursday.


A team of researchers will be speaking at Frederick Hiam, Tuddenham, near Barton Mills.

Jerry Knox, of Cranfield University, will discuss the lessons learnt from the “wettest” drought in history and examine how the economics of irrigation are changing and what growers should consider in terms of improving irrigation management and learning how to cope with climate extremes.

Cambridge University Farm’s Dr Mark Stalham will be discussing cultivation timing and depth, and the impact these have on soil workability. Both speakers will then conduct a practical in-field session.

The day offers ample opportunities to discuss topics such as soil moisture sensing, including information provided by sensors and results from tied ridges. There will be a tied ridger in the field for demonstration purposes.

The day is organised by the Potato Council with the help of Frederick Hiam, NFU and CLA and sponsored by Branston, Fenmarc, McCain Foods and QV Foods.

To reserve your place, contact Miya Kotecha on


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  • Bumper potato year for me with no irrigation (best crop in 10 years). If Mark wants to come and have a look at a good crop of potatoes (Wilja variety) down my allotment (Gorleston), I would be pleased to oblige.

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