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April 11, 2022 | Blogs

Decisions at planting: Potato planting depth and distances

Seed tubers are planted in small holes or shallow planting furrows made by the planting machine. Usually the depth of planting is such that the top of the seed tuber is at the mean soil level. Some varieties with superficially growing tubers or varieties that are sensitive to greening or in soils that easily crack,…

April 04, 2022 | Blogs

Decisions at planting: Plant density of the potato field

When planting a potato field, a certain surface area of skin of tuber is planted on which there are a number of eyes. These eyes produce none, one or two sprouts. Nonetheless, the planting rate is not expressed as the number of potentially stem producing sprouts but as the number or seed tubers and a…

April 06, 2021 | Blogs

How to deal with intensive rainfall and slopes in potato planting

Where rainfall is intensive, leading to a risk of flooding and erosion, and when all operations from tillage through harvest are manual, using potato beds is common.

March 29, 2021 | Blogs

What are the working practices and common patterns in potato planting?

To optimally intercept solar radiation, the grower needs to create a crop that covers the soil with green foliage as fast as possible after planting. Planting the seed tubers superficially helps as this assures a rapid emergence. Planting seed tubers in a square pattern to rapidly allow plants to touch each other between and within…

February 22, 2021 | Blogs

Decisions at planting: Potato planting material

Planting potato tubers means entrusting to the soil two aspects of propagation material. First there is the genetic material, a species and variety aimed at growing a crop adapted to the local conditions, resistant to the prevailing pests and diseases and producing the right quality specifications.

May 11, 2020 | Blogs

Botanical seed in potato production: Early use of True Potato Seed

In Chapter three of the Potato Handbook, the propagation material of the potato plant is discussed. When True Potato Seed (TPS) is used as propagation material, it has the advantage that the usual seed tuber-borne pests and diseases such as fungi, bacteria, viruses and nematodes are not transmitted. TPS may be derived from open pollination…

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