New sprout control helps quality of storage potatoes

01/10/2014 03:41:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

So far, Oberg said he’s been impressed with the results of SmartBlock, although he hasn’t been through one complete storage season yet.

“What we’ve seen is there are no issues with defects or black spot on potatoes,” he said. “It burns these buds or peepers. It’s not going to cause any damage below the skin.”

Oberg said he also has been able to try the product under a worst-case scenario in a shed were sprouts were 6-12 inches high around the outside of the pile.

The potatoes, which originally were destined for cattle feed because of what Oberg described as a “forest” of sprouts, were cleaned up enough to go to processing, he said.

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