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Potatoes in Practice 2016

Industry event
11 August 2016, 8.30am to 4.30pm
at the James Hutton Institute's Balruddery Farm, Dundee
for farmers, agronomists, industry, scientists and policymakers
Potatoes in Practice is the UK's number one field based potato event

Potatoes in Practice is 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.

The event 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.

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Attendees will be able to:

  • review crop varieties
  • view results of new crop treatments
  • attend live machinery demonstrations
  • hear seminars on current issues impacting on the farming industry
  • network with colleagues, suppliers and industry experts

"Best location of any spud show!" Richard Newman, Agri Sales Manager, R J Herbert Engineering Ltd

Programme Content

Content is still being finalised but visitors can expect the usual jam-packed programme of seminars, guided plot tours, live machinery demos, knowledge hub sessions etc. This year our seminars will be short and frequent and will include an International Session featuring leading pathology experts from around the world; in keeping with our focus on nematodes, a nematicide demonstration will take place during the live machinery demos; there will be more hands on and interactive demonstrations in the main marquee from James Hutton Institute science staff; and, if all goes well, we'll see some technology on display and in play in the Technology Hub courtesy of James Hutton Institute, Agrii and SoilEssentials. And a potato vodka taster!


The timetable for the day is still being finalised so please look out for this very soon. Just waiting for a couple of speakers to firm up their arrangements then we'll be on our way! There's a lot to pack in as usual and we want to make sure that visitors get as much out of their day as possible.

Visitor Information

Visitor registration is now officially open and bookings are primarily being made via Eventbrite. Invites will be sent out very shortly - look out for yours!

Exhibitor Information

Exhibitor booking for Potatoes in Practice is now closed. However, there may be still opportunities to book outside space - please contact Pam Cassidy, Events Co-ordinator on 01382 568 751 or


Potatoes in Practice is held at Balruddery Research Farm and directions can be found below.

The route to the event site has been carefully planned to minimise traffic going through the village and to avoid any 'incidents' with heavy machinery. Please don't rely solely on your satnav to take you to site. Please follow the AA signage once you see it - this takes you on the best route.

2015 Images

A stunning view of the Silvery Tay
An aerial view of PIP 2015
Crowds gather to watch machinery in action
Machines on display
Hector the pug!
Williw Towers down the pit!


If you have any queries, please contact Pam Cassidy, Events Co-ordinator, James Hutton Institute, Invergowrie, Dundee DD2 5DA. Email: Tel: 01382 568 751.

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.