Managing stores after loading this season

Thursday, 15 October 2020

In this article we discuss the most important things you have to take in consideration before and after loading your store in the first season without CIPC.

Before loading

With recent reports of heavy rains, particularly in the North West, pace of lifting has been impacted and there have been reports of accumulated soil going into store and also some soft rots.

It is important to only load your very best crop into stores and keep a close eye on diseases with regular monitoring once store loading has been completed.

Try to clean crops to remove loose soil before loading as this will impede ventilation.

After loading

Drying and condensation

Drying and condensation control are some of the key measures to consider once a crop has been loaded into store. Use outside air when it is at a similar temperature to the crop to dry and remove accumulated moisture from store.  Recirculative air flow will also help to even temperatures and keep crops dry when outside air is unsuitable. Avoid blowing warm air onto cooler potatoes to prevent condensation.

Temperature control

Some reports of sprout suppressant application are coming through. Again, make sure crop temperatures are as even as possible before application. Use speed-controlled recirculation fans to help circulate mint oil. Strike a balance between fast air speeds which carry the risk of localised deposition of the chemical near the fan and sufficient air movement to move the product around the store for optimal distribution.

Join our webinar and learn more 

To find out more about how to dry your crop effectively after store loading, make sure to register for the webinar on 21 October 2020.

Adrian Cunnington, Head of Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research, gives advice on how to load your stores correctly, in order to prevent diseases and other issues.

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