Appropriate tuber treatment is an essential step in developing healthy and abundant harvests, according to potato specialists at AHDB in the UK. In a recent news article, AHDB says the cost of growing potatoes is likely to increase in the following years as a result of replacing lost chemicals; potential losses due to diseases must be avoided whenever possible through application of the correct treatment, starting with the seed.
As this is a complex process, AHDB says potato seed producers, traders and end users are encouraged to seek information regarding the correct treatment procedure, such as the best time to apply the chemicals or the stage of the skin set.
Why is potato seed treatment important?
Over recent years, growers and agronomists have noticed an increase in levels of disease in potato seed. One factor is the common production of dual purpose crops. The ware fraction must not have certain tuber treatments applied. If grading does not take place at an early stage, seed treatments have sometimes been applied too late or not at all.
Due to the intricacy of this subject, specialist advice should be sought if possible.
What can I do to maintain healthy seeds before treatment?
To overcome this challenge and reduce the risk of diseases the following steps, which don