PotatoEurope organisation starts preparing potato trial fields in Lelystad

Published: March 25, 2021

Pierre Bakker WUR
‘We are currently setting up fourteen diverse trial fields for PotatoEurope 2021 under good field conditions’, says Pierre Bakker of Wageningen University & Research (WUR) Field Crops in Lelystad.

The organisation of PotatoEurope 2021 has started preparing the potato trial fields at the event location near the central Dutch city of Lelystad.


At the beginning of September this year, potato industry exhibition PotatoEurope will offer its visitors a look into the future of the potato sector during the 2021 edition of the event in The Netherlands. Fourteen eminent trial fields will make an interesting source of insight and information regarding current affairs.

Pre-planting operations
As spring has started in the Netherlands, the potato growing season is about to start and pre-planting operations are in full swing. At the center of the PotatoEurope event location in Lelystad, fourteen potato trial fields are being prepared. Here, various prominent companies from the sector will present existing products and introduce innovations that can make a (sustainable) contribution before, during and after cultivation. ‘We are currently setting up fourteen diverse trial fields for PotatoEurope 2021 under good field conditions. This will contribute to presentations that, in September, will give visitors an interesting insight into developments in the sector’, said coordinator and manager of the research section Pierre Bakker of Wageningen University & Research (WUR) Field Crops in Lelystad, who oversees the mapping out of the trial fields.

Focus on current issues
The implementation of the potato demonstrations for PotatoEurope 2021 will be addressed soon. The trials will focus on current themes and issues in potato cultivation. For example, the latest developments in crop protection will be shown on the trial fields of BASF Nederland B.V., Bayer, Belchim, Certis Europe, FMC, Kreglinger Europe NV and UPL. Seed potato companies Agrico, HZPC, Schaap Holland and STET will each participate with a variety demonstration field. Nufarm, a developer and manufacturer of crop protection solutions, will demonstrate electric weed control and Vandinter Semo, a breeding company that develops trap and catch crops that are classified as green manure crops, will focus on green manure crops that can control nematodes. On the trial field of regional development agency Horizon Flevoland, special attention is given to their projects for innovations in the agricultural sector, such as robust potato varieties.

Innovations put into practice
The diverse line-up of the trial fields ensures that visitors can directly see the varieties, techniques and innovations presented at the PotatoEurope exhibition being put into practice. This gives them an idea of what they can do with these practices in their own daily operations. Next to providing visitors with the opportunity to renew their current business practices, the products and innovations presented on the trial fields also offer information about a sustainable future for the full potato chain. This makes them a perfect match with the event theme of PotatoEurope 2021: “What’s Now, What’s New and What’s the Future”. With this theme, the organisation aims to provide visitors with insight into current developments in the potato industry as well as a look at the future of the sector.