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East Anglia: Frederick Hiam to host Potato Council’s ‘Potato Day’ technical event

PUBLISHED: 10:00 15 August 2014

A previous East of England Potato Day event. This year's Potato Day takes place at Frederick Hiam, Tuddenham, near Bury St Edmunds, on September 4.

A previous East of England Potato Day event. This year's Potato Day takes place at Frederick Hiam, Tuddenham, near Bury St Edmunds, on September 4.

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The Potato Council’s East of England Potato Day is being held at Frederick Hiam in Tuddenham, near Bury St Edmunds, on September 4.

Potato Council technical executive Chris Steele, who is organising the event, said: “The technical event will provide growers, agronomists and advisors with a focused programme of short talks, machinery displays and field trial demonstrations examining specific topics of interest to local growers.”

After registration from 9.30am, the mornings talks will address a wide variety of topics. Ken Smith from ADAS will present the MOPS II (Mitigation of Phosphorus Sedimentation) project and will highlight the new techniques for improving water utilisation and reducing soil runoff and the Met Office’s Lauren Fieldsend will unveil the latest weather forecasting and technological developments to aid planning and farm management decisions.

Delegates will then have a chance to look at machinery displays by George Moate and to view plots of the leading varieties and new developments available from Agrii, Bayer, Branston, Caithness, Cygnet, Fenmarc, Greenvale, IPM and KWS.

During the field plot session, Adrian Briddon from Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research will demonstrate CIPC Stewardship, best practice and how to prepare for the storage season in light of the recent CIPC label changes. Mark Stalham from NIAB CUF will demonstrate cultivation best practice and the influence to soil structure and Syngenta will demonstrate new in furrow pesticide applications.

Visitors will also have plenty of opportunity for discussion and networking over an informal lunch at 12.30pm. This is timed at the end of the morning session and at the start of the repeated afternoon programme.

To register for the event, visit http://bit.ly/1v0Vljp , call Miya Kotecha on 07792 209919 or email miya.kotecha@potato.ahdb.org.uk .

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