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.
Harvester setting guides
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.
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