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Potatoes in Practice 2017

Industry event
10 August 2017, 8.30am to 4.30pm: Free
at the James Hutton Institute's Balruddery Farm, Dundee
for farmers, agronomists, industry, scientists and policymakers
Potatoes in Practice

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.

  Join in the converation before, during and after the event by using #PotatoesInPractice


BASIS and NRoSO Points

Up to 6 BASIS points and 2 NRoSO points are available to attendees. Remember and sign up at the Registration Desk on arrival.

Visitor Registration

While this is not a prerequisite to attending, pre-registering will significantly speed up the registration process on the day. Please click the online registration form below:

Online Registration link

Local hotel accommodation

The Institute has competitive room rates at a number of local hotels so if you are looking for accommodation before the event, try the following hotels:

DoubleTree by Hilton, Kingsway West, Dundee

Apex City Quay, City Centre, Dundee

West Park Conference Centre Summer Accommodation

Hampton by Hilton Dundee, City Centre


Seminar Sessions

The Potatoes in Practice seminar programme forms a key part of the technical knowledge exchange with growers. Confirmed seminars are:

Session I Market Intelligence

  • Consumer Trends and the Potato Market: Stewart Batchelor, Insight Analyst, AHDB
  • Challenges and Opportunities for the Potatoes Industry from Brexit: David Swales, Head of Strategic Insight, AHDB

Session II Blight

  • Intersection between research and potato and tomato growers: Christine Smart, School of Integrative Plant Science, Cornell University
  • Late Blight – from Smith Period to Hutton Criteria: Siobhan Dancey, James Hutton Institute

Session III Apps / Diagnostic Tools

  • The PotatoSize App – counting and sizing with image analysis: Matt Aitkenhead, James Hutton Institute
  • Buntata – Plant disease identification on the go!: Lesley Torrance, James Hutton Institute
  • BlightWatch: Claire Hodge, AHDB

Session IV Agronomy

  • Late blight forecast models - innovation for improved control: Peter Raatjes, RMA
  • The rise of PCN in ware potatoes and impact on land available for seed: Kim Davie, SASA and Andy Evans, SRUC
  • Scotland Green Cover Trials Update and Future Soil Borne Pest Management Strategies: Richard Barnes and Clive Wood of Kings

Demos, Displays and Dialogue

Come and speak to staff and researchers at the James Hutton Institute in both the field, main marquee and seminars marquee about a variety of topics:

  • Learning from the past in the future fight against blight?
  • Potato Breeding - parental improvement strategy at James Hutton Limited
  • PotatoSize App - seminar and in-field demonstration
  • The Commonwealth Potato Collection
  • What's next in the flight against blight?
  • Strategies to reduce waste due to greening in potato tubers
  • Climate-proofing potato against the effects of heat and drought

Exhibitor opportunities - now closed....

Booking is officially closed to exhibitors but we can still accommodate outdoor displays so if you have any static machinery you would like to showcase at the event, please contact Pam on 01382 568 751.

Confirmed Exhibitors

This year we're delighted to be joined by many of our returning event supporters but also very pleased to welcome some new faces:

Agrico UK Ltd Agrii Agrimech Services
Agrovista UK Ltd AHDB Alan Mackay Machinery (Forfar) Ltd
A M Phillip Agritech Ltd BASF Bayer CropScience
Belchim Crop Protection Ltd Bradley Refrigeration Ltd Branston Ltd
Burden Group Ltd Caithness Potatoes Certis Europe
Crop Solutions Ltd Cygnet PB DuPont UK Ltd
Emerald Crop Science Ltd Engage Agro Europe Ltd EQ Accountants
Farm Electronics Ltd Farming and Water Scotland Frontier Agriculture
Glenside Group Greenvale AP Grimme UK
Haith Group Headland FMC HK Timbers Ltd
HL Hutchinsons Ltd IPM Potato Group James Hutton Institute
James Hutton Ltd JD Cooling Systems Ltd Linde MH Scotland Ltd
Netherton Tractors Newtec Odense (UK) Ltd NIAB CUF
OMEX Agriculture Ltd Oro Agri BV Redwood Refrigeration
Restrain Company Ltd Ringlink (Scotland) Ltd SASA
ScanStone SEFARI Sirius Minerals
Skea Organics SoilEssentials Ltd Solufeed Ltd
SRUC SSCR Stet Potato UK
Standen Engineering Ltd Syngenta UK Team Sprayers Ltd
Techneat Engineering Ltd Tong Engineering Ltd Tozer Seeds Ltd
United Box Ltd UPL Europe Ltd Wroot Water

"Linde are looking forward to attending our 4th year with you in Dundee.

This is a Great event for us to be showing the Linde product to the Farming community."

Linde Material Handling Scotand


Potatoes in Practice is held at the James Hutton Institute's Balruddery Research Farm and directions can be found below.

PNG File: Location map and directions to Potatoes in Practice 2017 at Balruddery Farm (645KB)

The route to and from 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.


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.