January 30, 2023 | Blogs
Diseases occurring in the potato storage
Diseases that occasionally lead to considerable losses during storage include soft rot (Pectobacterium spp.), dry rot (Fusarium spp.), silver scurf (Helminthosporium), late blight (Phytophtora infestans), leak (Pythium) and pink rot (Phytophthora erythroseptica).
December 27, 2022 | Blogs
Weight loss in the potato storage
Potato tubers lose weight while being stored. The main contribution is loss of water through the skin by evaporation.
December 20, 2022 | Blogs
The need to ventilate and cool in potato storages
Plants grow because they capture carbon dioxide with the aid of energy from solar radiation. Photosynthesis generates sugars that upon respiration produce the energy needed for the biochemical processes associated with growth.
December 13, 2022 | Blogs
Requirements for storing potato tubers
Potatoes are harvested at peak times throughout the year. In temperate climates in early autumn and in subtropical winter climates the crop is harvested in early spring. In Mediterranean climates, there is one harvest late spring and one late autumn, two harvests per year associated with suitable temperature regimes. This is similar to the tropical…
October 17, 2022 | Blogs
The World of Potato Research: Fresh water farming in Precision Agriculture
Precision agriculture (PA) is a farming management concept based on observing, measuring and responding to inter and intra-field variability in crops. It is a basis for more sustainable farming and highly depending on integration of technologies and knowledge. This column focusses on precision water management on an innovative arable farm.
October 10, 2022 | Blogs
Potato World Vision – No genetic progress without a healthy sector
At the end of May, during the World Potato Congress in Dublin, I had the opportunity to meet many colleagues from the sector. This congress, which is organised (officially) every three years, brings potato science and technology closer to growers, breeders, traders and the processing industry.
October 03, 2022 | Blogs
Brushing up on knowledge for a successful farming business
This summer, I cycled from my home to Santiago de Compostella. A wonderful experience to be on the road alone for a long time, to meet a wide range of people and also to get to know myself in a new way. Both physically and mentally.
September 26, 2022 | Blogs
External tuber disorders: Malformed tubers
Malformed tubers take many shapes. The deformed or misshapen tubers may be knobby, doll-like, have bottle necks like dumbbells and have a spiked rose end (pear shaped).
September 19, 2022 | Blogs
External tuber disorders: Skinning
When tubers mature before they are harvested the skin sets. Before the skin is set the thin epidermis can easily be removed through abrasion or attrition.
September 12, 2022 | Blogs
Potato Variety Days 2021: Jarke Kruize, Royal ZAP/Semagri Holland
The content of this blog originates from the article on the Potato Variety Days 2021 published in PotatoWorld magazine 2022/01.
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