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Direct-to-farm sales, crop digitization and soil erosion prevention take center stage – Potato News Today

On September 7 and 8, 2022, PotatoEurope, the open-air exhibition for potato cultivation and machinery, will take place at the Rittergut Bockerode estate in Springe-Mittelrode near Hanover, Germany. The show will host over 180 exhibitors from all areas of breeding, fertilization, crop protection, agricultural technology and processing at the venue for European potato professionals.

Organized by the DLG (German Agricultural Society) in collaboration with the German Potato Industry Association (Union der Deutschen Kartoffelwirtschaft eV – UNIKA), technology partner CASE IH and the Ministry of Food, ‘Agriculture and Consumer Protection of Lower Saxony, Potato Europe is held in Germany every four years.

Live machine demonstrations

Always a highlight for visitors, hands-on machine demonstrations with live commentary at PotatoEurope will this year include the latest technology in planting, mechanical weeding, lifting and loading. Mechanical weed control is increasingly becoming a viable alternative for conventional potato growers.

Special feature focused on direct farm sales

Potato Europe 2018. Credit: Swen Pförtner swenpfoertner.com

The special file “Processing and marketing of potatoes on the farm” covers storage, cleaning, packaging, processing and marketing on one’s own farm. Innovative ideas for marketing the farm’s own tubers are presented, including branding and advertising.

The special feature is of interest to exhibiting companies offering direct-to-farm sales solutions to potato growers, ranging from sorting and cleaning technology, packaging and processing technology to vending machines and online platforms. DLG’s technical partner for this special feature is the Vereinigung Norddeutscher Direktvermarkter eV (NordHöfe – an association of North German farms selling direct to the consumer).

Digitization in potato cultivation

The “Smart Potato Farming” special feature will introduce visitors to the digital and autonomous solutions they can expect to see in potato production in the coming years. Market-ready innovations will be presented, as well as products that have successfully passed the first field tests.

Offering the opportunity to exchange with experts on future techniques and solutions, the Smart Potato Farming special file will explore the automatic control of machine parts and autonomous work machines, as well as software that regulates the transfer of data to the machine and manage inter-machine communication. . DLG’s partners for this feature are DKE-Data GmbH and the Lower Saxony Chamber of Agriculture.

Prevention of soil erosion and biodiversity

Aimed at potato growers exploring catch crops and greening between harvesting previous crops and planting, the special feature “Intercropping and Greening of Furrow Dykes in Potato Production” will present intercropping strategies solutions as well as solutions for CAP compliance while operating profitably.

Exhibitors offering varieties of catch crops accompanied by technical support during cultivation, as well as manufacturers of machinery and equipment for intercropping will be present in this space.

Suitable types and varieties of catch crops and different types of tillage methods will be demonstrated on trial fields along cross dams with and without greening. The special column, which focuses on erosion prevention and biodiversity, is supported by the Gesellschaft für konservierende Bodenbearbeitung eV (GKB – The Society for Conservation Tillage) as a specialist partner.

Rittergut Bockerode

Located approximately 30 km southwest of the center of Hanover, the Rittergut Bockerode estate also hosted PotatoEurope in 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018. Hannover-Langenhagen International Airport and the ICE train station, Hannover-Hauptbahnhof, are both directly connected to the local train via a shuttle bus and thus offer convenient travel possibilities, also from outside Germany.

Admission and opening hours

PotatoEurope 2022 will be open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on September 7 and 8, 2022. A day ticket purchased at the exhibition center is priced at 24 euros, online tickets purchased in advance cost 19 euros, a reduction of 12 euros. Children 12 and under enter free. Further information on admission, including groups, DLG members can be found at https://www.potatoeurope.de/en/visit/tickets.

Information about PotatoEurope 2022: https://www.potatoeurope.de/en/

For specialist information, please contact Dr. Wilfried Wolf at [email protected]