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February 06, 2023 | Blogs

Tactical and operational decisions upon growing potatoes

Once decided to grow potatoes in the next season, a series of tactical decisions are taken by the grower before the crop is planted. The variety is chosen, the seed size, seed rate and planting pattern and the certification level of the seed bought or the use of farm saved seed.

December 21, 2022 | Articles

Farmmaps promotes precision farming with on-farm data

At the end of February, Farmmaps went live: one digital location where the grower can store allhis farm data and consult decision­-supporting modules. This platform takes years of knowledge and experience – built up during the (further) development of its predecessor Akkerweb – to the next level, at home and abroad.

December 21, 2022 | Articles

One step back, two steps forward in clonal selection

Two years ago, clonal seed potato selector Klaas Schenk (51) from the village of Anna Paulowna made a radical decision. Under the guise of one step back, two steps forward, he halved his farm area in order to improve his further progress, while completely changing his cultivation method. His clones are now growing in beds and,…

November 17, 2022 | News

NEPG estimate 6 percent less potato production for 2022

Next to an estimation that global potato production 2022 in the EU-04 countries (Belgium, France, Germany and The Netherlands) will be down by 6 percent compared to last year, the North-western European Potato Growers (NEPG) also expect a reduced area in 2023. NEPG announced this during their latest meeting on November 9, 2022.

September 28, 2022 | Articles

Self-propelled reel follows plot

This last growing season was extremely dry in Europe. In order to give potato growers and their financiers more certainty, irrigation offers a solution. When you organise your water supply properly, you can achieve both a better quality and a higher yield, explains irrigation specialist Mindert Pool of the APH Group, dealer for Fasterholt in Poland…

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).

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