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Cultivation and planting: Potatoes

Adequate cultivation and planting methods must be followed in order to achieve maximum yield. Read this page to learn more about where you can find the guidance needed during this stage. 


Pre-planting decisions for desiccation

After the loss of Diquat, it is important to learn what are the decisions you can take during planting that could help you later at the desiccation stage. You can find out more about the best planting strategy to help you with desiccation by reading our article and listening to our podcast episode which was dedicated to this subject. 

Listen to the podcast

Podcast speakers: 

  • Desiccation talk with Will Gagg (SPot Farm North host)  
  • Knowledge Exchange team’s view on desiccation – Bill Watts, David Wilson and Harry Henderson 
  • Advice on what you can do now to prepare for storing without CIPC – Adrian Cunnington (Sutton Bridge - Head of Crop Storage Research)

Late planting - what do you need to know

 Mark Stalham of NIAB CUF commented on late planting: 

Serious yield loss due to late planting only really starts occurring after 7 May in England for a Group 3 determinacy variety. With longer daylight hours in Scotland, this may even be a few days later. The risks are associated with delayed emergence and the crop not reaching full cover by the longest day of the year. 

Read "Patience now can result in better yields" article to find out more about late planting. 

Seed spacing

Seed size and age could influence your harvest. Read our guidelines to learn more about how taking the right decision during the planting stage can increase potato product but also reduce waste and lower seed related costs