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Resistance and tolerance to potato cyst nematode will be examined in one of five trials confirmed for the eastern region’s Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm...

Resistance and tolerance to potato cyst nematode will be examined in one of five trials confirmed for the eastern region’s Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm this season.

The trial will take place at James Foskett Farms, near Woodbridge, Suffolk. It is 18 months into a six-year SPot Farm programme.

The farm covers 900ha in the Deben Valley. It includes 230ha of organic cropping and a 5,150t capacity storage unit. Soils are light, free-draining irrigated Grade 4 sandy loam, while a coastal climate allows for early season production.

Other trials at the SPot Farm will study companion crops and the benefit of adding oils; controlling wireworm without Mocap; spore trapping to combat late blight; and minimising the impact of early crops on soil compaction.