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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…

March 28, 2022 | Blogs

Decisions at planting: Cutting of seed potatoes

Seed potatoes, whole and cut, are often dusted or sprayed with a fungicide to protect against black scurf caused by Rhizoctonia solani. The treatment also contributes to the control of silver scurf (Helminthosporium solani) and black dot caused by Colletotrichum coccodes. In the past, mercury compounds were used but this nowadays is forbidden in most countries.…

June 04, 2021 | Articles

Variable rate planting

Precision agriculture (PA) is a farming management concept based on observing, measuring and responding to inter and intra-field variability in crops. Spatial optimization of planting density of potatoes is high on the wish list of farmers.

April 16, 2021 | News

Robotti deployed to plant potatoes for the very first time

The first potatoes for the PotatoEurope harvesting demonstrations were planted with the autonomous implement carrier Robotti.

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.

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