Potato Roguing

Roguing is an essential practice in the production of healthy seed potatoes.  It is the process of identifying and disposing of abnormal plants, including tubers and seed pieces.  The affected plants may be diseased, another variety or simply different.  The course includes instruction on:

  • The identification of varieties of potatoes
  • The identification of virus diseases and variations of potatoes
  • The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland Inspection Scheme, with all grades and standards required
  • General roguing practice. 

The course is based at Elmwood Campus Farm, with one afternoon theory session which is classroom based

A one weeks course designed for those with limited, or no experience of roguing.  It runs from Monday to Friday (inclusive) from 9.15am to 4.15pm, with a one hour lunch break.

Preference will be shown to applicants who are:

  • Potato trade employers and employees
  • Farmers and employees
  • Applicants who are 18 years of age and over
  • Applicants able to produce proof of having roguing work available to them

The examination consists of three parts:

1 Identification of varieties
2 Recognition of diseases
3 Associated knowledge - based on the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland's Potato Inspection Scheme

Awarded to successful students.  The grade certificate awarded will be based on the student's results in Parts 1 and 2 of above:

75% (and above) in both examinations = Distinction Certificate
60% - 75% in both examinations = Merit Certificate
50% - 60% in both examinations = Pass Certificate

Cost (5 days): £300

This course is approved for funding through ILA (Individual Learning Account) Scotland

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