TuberZone – Development of an innovative spatial crop model and decision support system for improved potato agronomy

Lead Participant: Soilessentials Limited


The potato industry has witnessed a 10-year long yield stagnation; coupled with increasingly stringent demands on potato quality, there is a compelling need for farmers to increase marketable yield. This project aims to develop an innovative spatial crop model & integrated decision support system for improved variable rate seed planting, fertiliser use & irrigation scheduling to increase productivity of the potato value chain. Converging the multi-disciplinary expertise of Soil Essentials (SE), Newcastle University (NU), Mylnefield Research Services (MRS), Grimme (GR), & McCain (MC), we will build upon the MAPP point model (Management Advisory Package for Potatoes) by taking a holistic approach & considering the spatial variability of tuber size distribution to inform a new & improved adaptive spatial meta-model. The resulting spatial decision support system is cross-sectorial & has the potential to transform in-field decision-making, not just for potato farming but also for other root & arable crops.

Lead Participant

Project Cost

Grant Offer

Soilessentials Limited, Brechin £411,798 £ 247,079


Mccain Foods (G.B.) Limited, Scarborough £60,002 £ 12,000
Newcastle University, United Kingdom
James Hutton Limited, DUNDEE £92,563 £ 55,538
Grimme (U.K.) Limited, BOSTON £180,210 £ 36,006


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