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Northern Ireland: ‘Attention to detail is important’ as potato harvest gets into full swing

As potato harvesting gets into full swing, attention to detail is important to ensure potato crops are not damaged and are correctly handled during store loading, William Kellett reports for AgriLand.

Initial indications are that potato markets will be well supplied this season so crop quality will be very important in ensuring successful marketing of the crop.

Robin Bolton, senior crops development adviser at the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) said: “Harvester set-up is key to ensuring successful harvesting. Daily samples should be taken from the harvester and hot boxed to check for any signs of bruising.”

Robin also pointed out that attention to detail must continue as the crop is moved into store. Quick drying of the crop is important ideally by positive ventilation systems.

Source: AgriLand. Read the full article here
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