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Minimising Damage

22 November 2013

Minimising Damage Guide

Damaged crops cost the UK potato industry over £200/ha and care needs to be taken at every stage of the production system to minimise this cost. Planning ahead, routine maintenance and adapting machinery settings to the conditions are key areas to reducing the risk of damaging crops.

This document aims to highlight settings and operations for minimising damage without compromising field or crop conditions.



Bruising risk assessment advice sheets

Fourteen risk assessment advice sheets are available covering the agronomic factors that can influence a crop's susceptibility to bruising.  The advice sheets contain the latest findings from research, practical actions to take and give information on how to assess a crop's bruising susceptibility risk.

Download risk assessment sheets ...


Reminders of best practice

Everyone involved in the production and handling of potatoes has a part to play in minimising bruising. To act as reminders of the actions that will help to contribute to reduce bruising, a trailer driver's advice card and series of harvest checklists are available by clicking on the relevant flags below:

  • Grading checklist, printable



  • Harvesting checklist, printable



  • Managers checklist, printable



  • Picking checklist, printable



  • Trailer driver checklist, printable



  • Information on the Safe Use of Potato Harvesters AIS 13, printable



How to complete a damage and bruising assessment ...