Innovations in Potato Storage

The visit took place on Wednesday 23rd January 2019 to Thursday 24th January 2019 and was be led by CAFRE advisers Robin Bolton and Aveen McMullan. The focus of the visit was on positive ventilation systems and store layout. These were compared to conventional storage options with the aim of improving air movement. The group visited a number of farms in the Perth/Aberdeen area who were using a variety of ventilation systems for both seed and ware crops.

During the visit the air movement was tested using various techniques as a practical exercise. Dr Stuart Wale, a potato researcher and consultant with SRUC, provided specialist support to help the group consider the optimum use of positive ventilation systems and the merits of the different systems.

The range of options that farmers saw included:

  • Wedderspoon tents
  • Aspire system
  • Boxer system
  • Letterbox system
  • Open wall suction system (various types)

A full report on the visit will be available soon.

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