Ontario Storage Potato Harvest Well Underway

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The harvest of the storage potato crop is in full swing near Alliston, Ont., a Sept. 21 email update from Eugenia Banks said.

“The area was buzzing yesterday with potato trucks transporting their precious potatoes to storages,” Banks said.

There’s a stretch of dry weather forecasted, which Banks noted will be good for the harvest. She said tuber flesh temperatures should be in the range of 10 to 15 C when going into storage, and that soft rot and Pythium leak develop rapidly at warmer temperatures.

In the Melancthon, Ont. area, Andrew Tupling was storing Caribou russets. Yields were very good, Banks said.

“This year, I’ve seen more growth cracks than usual in all varieties. Late blight does not seem to be an issue in the Melancthon area,” she said in the email.

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