Potatoes

Did you know that 51% of vegetable and
potato growers say they are experiencing the effects of climate change now and nearly 62% say they expect to feel it in the next ten years?

Water resources are going to be an increasingly important issue for potato growers in the next decade. With hotter, drier summers and warmer, wetter winters projected, you will need to adapt. Being more efficient about water will be crucial, as well as collecting and storing rainwater in the winter when it’s more abundant. See potato and water management factsheets for more information.

All farmers and growers can explore the potential for renewable energy generation. See our Renewables section for more information.

The great news is that nearly half of vegetable and potato growers say they are taking action to adapt to the changing climate And 43% report that they are doing something to reduce GHG emissions from their farm.

Are you part of the growing community that are taking action?

We’ve listed all the fact sheets and case studies we feel would be most relevant to your work below.  You can see a full list of our resources here and it may also be useful for you to use our Interactive UK map to get up to date information and advice for your region.

Read our potato factsheet by clicking here.

Potatoes - Blogs

  • Wed, 08/03/2017 - 07:36
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    The Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (Seeds and Propagation section) of the European Commission has approved a so-called ‘temporary experiment’ with derogatory rules on the marketing of True Potato Seed. (Hort News)...
  • Wed, 15/02/2017 - 07:31
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    Jeremy Oatey hosted this year’s Cornish Potato Day at his Hay Farm Dairy, Torpoint, as local growers, agronomists and other industry influencers met to see the latest research and developments from AHDB Potatoes. Manipulating Tuber Number and...
  • Tue, 07/02/2017 - 06:56
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    The Commonwealth Potato Collection (CPC), an invaluable repository of potato germplasm held in trust by the James Hutton Institute with support from the Scottish Government, is set to make the first deposit of plant genetic material by a UK...
  • Wed, 25/01/2017 - 09:25
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    Results from the first year at Elveden Farms, Strategic Potato Farm (SPot) East were revealed on 11 January as attendees of the event at Newmarket Racecourse tried to get a nose ahead by evaluating the research on display. Dr Phil Burgess, Head of...
  • Fri, 25/11/2016 - 11:20
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    YieldCheck is an innovative and proven online software system which allows growers to collect data about their crops and produce real-time forecasts of how total or graded yield will develop as the season progresses. Developed by experts at...

Potatoes - Case Studies

Stephen Frankel specialises in producing meat from high-husbandry rare breeds on his farm Carhart Mill near Wadebridge, Cornwall. An advocate of the...
Andrew Ingram, a farmer from Oxfordshire, installed one of the first on-farm solar PV systems in England. Importantly he was one of the first of a...
As climate change bites over the next few decades, water resources will become an increasingly big issue for farmers and land managers in the UK....