Course overview

This course and its several connected units cover all aspects of the production of potatoes. The course is designed for agronomists and other professionals in the potato industry to deepen their understanding in key areas. Participants will be enable to develop sustainable farming practices and address future food security issues in relation to the production of potatoes.

Note

The Potato Production and Management course is made of several training units. The Foundation in Potatoes course is compulsary but you may pick four of the six following training units. This will total in ten days face-to-face training in the production of potatoes and related management sectors.

  • Foundation in Potatoes; 2 days; NIAB CUF

  • Soil Management and Cultivation; 2 days; Harper Adams University

  • Post-Harvest Management; 2 days; Cranfield University

  • Water and Irrigation Management; 2 days; Cranfield University

  • Supply Chain Management and Market Intelligence; 2 days; Cranfield University

  • Crop Protection; 2 days; Harper Adams University

  • Advanced Storage; 2 days; AHDB Potato Council, Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research

    Key facts file

    Course Dates:

    21-22 Nov 2018, 11-12 Mar 2019 and others to be confirmed

    Title: Potato Production and Management
    Type/Duration:

    5 days

    Entry Requirements:

    Graduate level or relevant experience within the crops industry

    Credits: 30
    Cost: £3600.00
    Course Provider: Harper Adams University
    Course Arrangements: Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
    Course Location: Cambridge University Farm
    CPD Awarding Body: BASIS
    CPD Points: 30

    Learning outcomes

    By the end of the Potato Production and Management course you will be able to:

    • Critically review ways in which research impacts upon evolving practice of potato production.
    • Apply specific technical knowledge to the management and resolution of complex work-based problems.
    • Demonstrate the development of critical reading, critical thinking as well as concise and purposeful writing.
    • Formulate recommendations for the improvement of workplace practice.
    • Demonstrate and review the use of theory-in-action in a professional context.

     

    To gain the academic credits associated with the Potato Production and Management course, it will also be necessary to successfully complete a reflective document on how the learning will be applied in the workplace.

    The course can be taken as CPD and is eligible for BASIS points. The course is also a recognised Higher Education Level 7 course that can become part of a Postgraduate award.

    Course Structure

    Foundation in Potatoes

    Start Date: 21-22 Nov 2018
    Location: NIAB CUF

    This unit can be studied as part of the AFTP's 'Potato Production and Management' course.

    Day 1

    • Production, crop physiology and management
    • Markets (Global, EU, UK), Production and Sectors.
    • Growers, Companies, Fresh Market and Processing, Consumption, Varieties, Utilization
    • Morphology, Physiology, Crop Growth, Storage
    • Soil Cultivations and Weed Control
    • Nutrition and Soil Management
    • Defoliation and Harvesting

    Day 2

    • Seed diseases and defects, irrigation, decision support and pesticides
    • Seed Production, Certification, Handling
    • Diseases and pests
    • Bruising and other quality defects
    • Irrigation and water requirements: overview and principles
    • Irrigation equipment and soil moisture monitoring
    • Decision support, diagnostics, protocols and use of pesticides

    Soil Management and Cultivation (Potatoes)

    Start Date: TBC
    Location: Harper Adams University

    This unit can be studied as part of the AFTP's 'Potato Production and Management' course.

    The unit will allow you to:

    • Identify different soil types and relate their physical properties to appropriate tillage management for potato production.
    • Prepare management plans which minimise soil damage and the soil erosion risk within potato production systems.
    • Plan and review potato field management systems to effectively minimise or control run-off, drainage, diffuse and point source pollution.
    • Formulate appropriate nutrient management plans for crop rotations that include potatoes.

    Post-harvest Management (Potatoes)

    Start Date: TBC
    Location: Cranfield University

    This unit can be studied as part of the AFTP's 'Potato Production and Management' course.

    On successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

    • Demonstrate a conceptual awareness of the fundamentals of postharvest physiology, with particular emphasis on the impact of physiological factors on later stages in the potato supply chain
    • Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the key preservation methods including their advantages and limitations
    • Comment critically on control methods used for postharvest diseases and disorders
    • Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of quality control issues in the postharvest situation, including theoretical fundamentals
    • Participate in discourse on postharvest technology for potatoes

    Irrigation and Water Management (Potatoes)

    Start Date: 20 - 21 Feb 2019
    Location: Cranfield University

    This unit can be studied as part of the AFTP's 'Potato Production and Management' course.

    Areas covered will include:

    • Introduction: Aims and objectives; Role of irrigation in UK production; “Pathway to efficiency”; Irrigation Benchmarking.
    • Irrigation water requirements: Evapotranspiration; Estimation of ET; Effective rainfall; Irrigation need.
    • Water holding capacity of soils: Effect of soil texture, structure and rooting depth.
    • Water resources & regulation: Abstraction licences & drought orders; CAMS; Reservoirs; Working together and abstractor groups; Water trading.
    • Irrigation scheduling: Critical water contents; Soil water measurement; Water balance approaches.
    • Operating in-field systems: Making the best of rain-guns, booms, sprinklers and trickle; Performance evaluation; Advantages, disadvantages; energy requirements and costs of operation; Precision irrigation.
    • Economics and risks: Economics of irrigation; Climate change.

    Supply Chain Management and Market Intelligence (Potatoes)

    Start Date: TBC
    Location: Cranfield University

    This unit can be studied as part of the AFTP's 'Potato Production and Management' course.

    On successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

    • Demonstrate a conceptual awareness of the fundamentals of supply chain management
    • Demonstrate a critical appreciation of market intelligence within the potato industry
    • Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the lean manufacturing concept
    • Participate in discourse on resource mapping and sustainability of potatoes

    Crop Protection (Potatoes)

    Start Date: 11-12 Mar 2019
    Location: Harper Adams University

    This unit can be studied as part of the AFTP's 'Potato Production and Management' course.

    This unit will allow you to:

    • Identify pests, weeds and diseases encountered in potato production and evaluate the opportunities for integrated control strategies.
    • Formulate crop protection plans for sustainable potato production.
    • Evaluate the impact of crop protection strategies on food safety, operator safety, natural resources and biodiversity.

    Advanced Storage (Potatoes)

    Start Date: TBC
    Location: AHDB Potato Council

    This unit can be studied as part of the AFTP's 'Potato Production and Management' course.

    This unit will cover higher level learning & discussion of storage best practice including:

    • Ventilation principles and practice
    • Pathological life cycles of key storage diseases & relevance to storage
    • Sprout suppression in detail
    • Carbon management
    My AFTP training course has given me greater confidence day-to-day and more insight into the impact of new techniques and technologies.
    Andy Russell - Fresh Produce Technologist, Bakkavor

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