Europe, UK, Ireland, News January 2023, Smart Farming, Storage

Scottish potato grower drawn to air curtains to help environment, curb energy costs

A Scottish potato grower found that investing in better air flow in his stores, had reaped major benefits for crop quality and energy costs, while also reducing the environmental impact, as John Sleigh reports for The Scottish Farmer.

James Fairlie, who grows potatoes at Kirkton of Monikie, in Angus, recently had air curtains fitted to two of his stores and is already noticing a difference in air flow, energy use and quality of his crop.

James, who grows 400 acres of potatoes, said last year’s energy bill was £9000, compared with £6500 for the month of October alone, which prompted him to take action.

“By targeting air directly over the boxes, you reduce cooling times, improve overall efficiency and this has allowed us to reduce fridge running times by 30%, which saves a big monthly bill,” said James.

Source: The Scottish Farmer. Read the full story here
Photo: Credit AHDB Horticulture

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