Storage
A detailed understanding of the psychrometric chart can be an excellent tool in understanding water, air and vapour relationships.
After a final holding temperature is achieved in storage, it is important to ventilate properly in order to manage the byproducts of respiration, ensure a uniform temperature and an ideal environment for the duration of the storage period, which will maximize the value of the crop.
What potato grower wouldn’t want to add dollars to their bottom line? By reducing the bruising that occurs during harvest by one percent, thousands of dollars could be added to the bank, according to research completed at the University of Maine. The solution is to minimize the potential for bruising…
Just because a disease cannot be seen on a potato does not mean it is not there. It is the unseen spores that can cause havoc in long-term storage and require early shipping or the worst-case scenario: the loss of the entire bin. What if a test could be done…
Usually wet seasons favour crop development, but incidence of storage rots is a concern, especially if rainfall occurs late in the growing season, advises Eugenia Banks, Ontario potato specialist.

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