Potatoes in Practice, the UK’s largest field event for potatoes, is set to return to Balruddery Farm in Angus on Thursday, August 11, with a focus on new research and current challenges.

Supported by The James Hutton Institute, Agrii UK, SRUC and Potato Review; this event will present current research through seminars along with demonstration plots and field exhibits.

The event will offer the opportunity to discuss issues including sustainability, food security, net-zero, pests and diseases, new varieties, Integrated pest management and current market challenges.

After cancelling the event in 2020 and holding a socially distanced event in 2021, Potatoes in Practice is with demonstration plots and field exhibits where the trade can interact and re-connect to discuss issues and a seminar programme.

Prof. Lesley Torrance, Executive Director of Science at the James Hutton Institute, added:

“This year we will be discussing our vision for an International Potato Innovation Centre to fast track research and innovations that will address the challenges the potato faces from climate change, and the need for sustainable, low carbon production systems.

"The centre will work with all stakeholders in the sector to underpin a thriving future potato industry.”

Dr. Philip Burgess, director of Scottishpotatoes.org, said: “Potatoes in Practice is a unique event that brings together the whole potato supply chain into one field and the range of discussions this year will cover everything from geopolitical events to the rooting structures of different varieties.

“Labour, fuel, and fertiliser costs have rocketed since the last event, further challenging both domestic and international supply chains.

"These changes will have an impact on the choices growers make in growing crops."