Taking potato storage seriously pays dividends

Image result for potato storageBritish potato growers are being advised by AHDB Potatoes to put as much effort into storage planning as they do into the rest of the growing season. Ewan Stark, Director of Taygrow, delivered the message at a recent AHDB potato storage event held in Perth. This message was echoed by storage experts from AHDB’s Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research facility who have been working with growers across Britain to improve stores as part of their Storage 2020 campaign. As part of the campaign, AHDB launched its StoreCheck service, which analyses a grower’s store or stores and offers practical advice on how to improve performance and efficiency. Stores Manager at Greenvale AP, John Hutchison, was quick to recognise the value of such a service. “I manage 24 stores for Greenvale,” John said, “and we saw the StoreCheck service as a way to ensure they were as efficient as possible. “After the assessment we invested £20,000 in a store upgrade, which dramatically improved our energy costs and plant running time. Read more