UK: Managing stored potatoes

Management of stored potatoes requires regular inspections to check tuber quality and store conditions. David Hudson suggests that you shouldn’t apply CIPC ‘by the calendar’. For effective sprout control, accepted advice is now not to apply CIPC as soon as there are signs of renewed sprouting. This first response is often just slight movement or swelling of the sprout after dormancy break. Check when the first or previous application was made. Depending on the growing season, variety and store temperature you should not need to re-apply within 6 weeks and certainly not before 4 weeks. More