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 29 oct 2019 16:29 

AgriTechnica 2019: trends in potato technology

Haulm destruction represents an important challenge in potato production following the loss of the chemical diquat. This step, which also contributes to a reduction of food waste, will result in far-reaching changes.

Haulm toppers for physical leaf reduction are growing in popularity in potato production and will represent a trend at Agritechnica 2019. The challenges are good, uniform chopping of foliage and, where possible, its complete deposition in the furrows.

Agritechnica 2019 trends: Mechanical leaf-picking systems are under development for potato plants, to be used in combination with flame and electric desiccation to ensure the termination of growth prior to harvest.

Data exchange platforms are being developed to link information from potato yield mapping systems based on belt scales with the tare components of the crop, including stones and clods, to determine true yields.

A trend on show at Agritechnica 2019 will be detection of the size breakdown of potato crops during harvesting or storage. This data is desirable improve the use of individual potato batches, with the information being used along the processing chain.

Powerful storage computers are now available for the implementation of increasingly complex ventilation strategies in potato crops. With their modular design, they can quickly be expanded for new tasks and

Labour shortages for agricultural work is a trend affecting potato production. This has resulted in farmers using optical electronic quality sorting of unwashed potatoes for table and seed potatoes, and the latest systems will be at Agritechnica 2019.

Dr. Rolf Peters, from Visselhövede, Germany, EXPLAINS

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