CHAP’s crop storage research unit is based at Sutton Bridge in Lincolnshire.
It provides research, expertise and training for the crop storage industry and specialises in potato and field vegetable storage for producers, supply chains and the broader industry.
In a world with a fast-growing population and limited resources, agriculture is constantly being challenged to produce more food while using natural resources more efficiently.
Making the most of post-harvest storage is an important priority, ensuring there is year-round continuity of food supply and maximising returns for farmers. The UK’s largest stored crop is potatoes, with more than three million tonnes in storage each year. However, up to one sixth of this is lost due to wastage and the landscape for maintaining crop quality through disease control and sprout suppression is changing so further research is needed to define optimum storage regimes for the future.