Desiccation and harvest of potato crops

Potato growers often face a race against time and the weather to get their crop from the field to market or the store in the most efficient and safe way possible, while preserving the quality of their crop.

Further challenges have been presented by the fact that diquat is no longer to growers during burn-down. We have been running field trials via our Strategic Potato Farms since 2018 to help you find the best way to achieve good skin-set and quality control during haulm destruction.

Of course, through all the changes, growers will know that you cannot afford to take your eye off Health and Safety and best practice methods at grading and harvest. We have resources and reminders available for both. See below for our specific pages highlighting our latest work on alternative chemical burn-off and mechanical flailing, as well as our guides on harvest best-practice and online health and safety training for potato operators.

More resources on potato desiccation, harvest and health and safety

Damaged crops cost the UK potato industry over £200/ha and care needs to be taken at every stage of the production system to minimise this cost. Planning ahead, routine maintenance and adapting machinery settings to the conditions are key areas to reducing the risk of damaging crops

14 August 2020

Safe Potatoes Operations training online courses in six languages to help you keep your potato team safe

Watch desiccation webinars