Branston invites key producers to operator workshop

Posted: 02 March 2012
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Around thirty potato growers and farm operators who supply Branston's Lincoln site met up at a spring workshop today, to find out about the latest developments associated with potato planting.

The aim of the workshop was to demonstrate best practice in the field and to debate current, topical issues facing operators of destoning and planting equipment.

Practical advice and insights into technological advances within the potato industry were presented by Mark Stalham from Cambridge University Farms, Ian Holmes from Syngenta and Stuart Smith from Grimme UK.

Topics included optimising seedbed conditions, cultivation and planting equipment and guidance on using pesticides at planting. Grimme UK also brought along some of their latest destoning and planting machinery.

Martin Stothard, senior field service manager at Branston, organised the workshop. He said: "Sharing knowledge about the latest developments affecting the industry is crucial and we're grateful to the experts from Cambridge University Farms, Syngenta and Grimme UK for their help.

"This workshop was tailored specifically for the people who actually operate the destoners and planters on the farm, giving them practical advice that can really help at this time of year. He added, "It was fantastic to see such a great turnout, with representatives from 50% of our key growers from the area in attendance. We're already planning another workshop for the summer - this time focusing on harvester set-up and damage reduction."

Branston works closely with its supply base offering a range of technical services, from individual farm agronomy through to grower workshops and field walks. The company holds a number of events throughout the season to share best practice and keep suppliers well-informed.