Second earlies potato varieties

Brisel

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NFFN Member
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Midlands
I'm pretty ignorant on spud growing, so please bar with me. I need to source seed for 1 acre of potatoes for harvesting June/July onwards. Hand sown on high pH soil & fairly low input. No current potato equipment available though I'm hoping a mate will be able to hire me a ridger.

What varieties should I be considering or not considering?
 

Brisel

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NFFN Member
Location
Midlands
What's your market?

Salads; Maris Peer, Balana, Charlotte
Bakers; Marfona, Estima

The list is vast, have you any irrigation?

This is just a slightly upscaled garden venture! Irrigation will consist of a sprinkler on mains water.

Probably a mix of varieties - salads and bakers
 

Lincs Lass

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Location
north lincs
If you can get any then Desiree or Romano,,old varieties but multi use ,red skined,,I'm using one called Cultra ,can use them for anything,,also saffire and sunita.
 

bitwrx

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Thinking ahead, a former employer of mine had an old potato harvester/lifter machine that they used to harvest their domestic supply with (no doubt behind their old David Brown).

If it would be helpful I can ask if it might be for sale/hire. Not far from you, and from memory it would easily go on a trailer behind a pickup
 

Lincs Lass

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Location
north lincs
You will have to take into account the tuber count ,,the smaller they are ,the closer you plant them ,,If I remember rightly ,,a 50kg sack of 55m-65mm seed had approx 900 ,,then plant at 9 inch spacings ,roughly 1 tn per acre
 

David.

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Mixed Farmer
Location
J11 M40
Go a long way to beat Pentland Javelin for flavour imo. Lovely second early before skin set, and really good roasters if kept with set skins.
 
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Cowcorn

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Mixed Farmer
Hard to beat British Queens for flavour in the second early slot .
Dont know how the would cope under severe blight pressure. You might be busy with the bluestone and washing soda or maybe as bogweevil suggested mancozeb ?? Ah them were the days when we were young and innocent " creaming " the maneb before adding the bucket of cream to the spray tank. Cost feck all and as long as you kept the intervals short was very effective .
 

New Puritan

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Arable Farmer
Location
East Sussex
There's two threads running on people growing small areas of spuds now. Are you all hunkering down for the apocalypse? Planting them by hand (with the help of a ridger) isn't too bad, but digging them all up by hand is a massive pain in the arse.
 

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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