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Storage Systems

There are numerous ways in which you can construct, adapt and modify your storage systems to increase the efficiency of your stores – and in turn cut costs and reduce wastage. Here you will find technical information, services and advice.

Storage systems essentials

  • A well-sealed and insulated potato store will allow the crop to be kept at a stable temperature largely unaffected by diurnal (daily) variation in ambient conditions . It will help maintain a relative humidity of 90–100 per cent to minimise tuber weight loss; it will also allow crops to be stored free from condensation in changeable weather conditions. Storage is usually undertaken in bulk or in boxes
  • Controlled ventilation allows crop respiration heat to be removed and a crop to be dried and cooled. Fans are best positioned to create a flow of air through the crop (positive ventilation, bulk or box) or, less efficiently, to form a rolling mass of air that flows over the stack of boxes and through the pallet slots (space ventilation)
  • The quality of the insulation will determine to a large extent how well a potato store performs. Insulation is a key factor for a potato store, much more so than it is for general purpose buildings.
  • Fabric or door leakage to wind-induced ventilation reduces the effectiveness of the store, as it is likely to lead to loss of environmental control. Crop weight loss and possible condensation on the crop will result as ventilation or refrigeration running hours will increase, in order to cool the crop warmed by the leaking air.
Visit the Store Managers' Guide for more information

Know your storage costs?

Our very latest Storage Cost Calculator enables you to assess your cost using an Excel-based template.

The model is designed to use a combination of data that you can access supplemented by Industry average cost data.

Results are shown in a table format and also graphically.

Visit the Storage Cost Calculator page


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