Potato planting is well underway, however the weather continues to dominate the season, with some regions experiencing protracted planting as a result.
Most recently, soil temperatures have dropped and periodic frost has meant that tubers are going into cooler soils, which can delay crop emergence.
It’s important to remember actions now can have a knock-on effect with crop development as the season progresses.
Good tuber quality
Remember, only high quality tubers should be planted, and in particular those which have been treated with a good quality seed treatment [link to Rhino] to minimise the impact from Rhizoctonia (black scurf).
Damaged or low quality tubers have increased entry points, and are more susceptible to disease taking hold. If you’re not careful, tuber emergence can be further delayed and disease risk increased
Cold and wet conditions are perfect for the spread of disease and delaying emergence, so it is essential to get the crops in the ground to give them the best chance at getting away over the next few weeks.
For regular updates on the potato season in your region, visit: https://potatoes.ahdb.org.uk/knowledge-hub/newsletters/potato-weekly