The real "Jersey Royal Potato " Production system?

Discussion in 'Agricultural Matters' started by MX7, May 21, 2019.

  1. So the Mids and the Royals are definitely different then?

    We had a conversation here last week on that very subject. I was sure that Mids were different but was voted wrong.

    I thought Mids were tiny things, some not much bigger than grapes.
  2. The whole island measures at about 29,000 ac

    There must be room too for half the world's cattle too?
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  3. Possibly the variety,we grow arrow as a very first earlier, greater taste than anything else we’ve grown, and far far superior then the royal. Even supermarket buyers admit it, we just aren’t big enough to supply them so send to wholesale markets instead
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  4. carpenter1

    carpenter1 Member

    we bought some cornish earlies a couple of weeks ago. I have never seen first earlies so big.
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  5. einstein

    einstein Member

    what size do you harvest them at?
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  6. einstein

    einstein Member

    and where you do get your seed from?Im looking for an early variety to grow in a polytunnel for my farm shop.
  7. Sharpy

    Sharpy Member

    Ardrossan Ayrshire
    Smashing picture!
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  8. We buy our seed from a merchant and unfortunately the smallest bag of seed is 1.25t, we lift the first by hand so as soon as we can really, 25mm upwards I’d say
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  9. chaffcutter

    chaffcutter Moderator

    S. Staffs
    Yes Pete, the mids were very small, probably no bigger than an inch and a half at the most, hence my comment on the yield. No wonder they were expensive!
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  10. David.

    David. Member

    J11 M40
    Cannot be doing with Jerseys, they are not proper new potatoes.
    My opinion is that Pentland Javelin are the best new potato to eat, although Rocket are a decent substitute.
    Mids were just riddlings as far as I know, we sold some one year but they were hard work and took 3 times as long to sort as normal sized ware. I think they have probably been killed off by the universal availability of ready to cook shrink wrapped veg, and the move away from prepping veg in commercial kitchens due to minimum wage and dirty water disposal. Though they do eat well boiled, skins on and swimming in butter.
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  11. Henery

    Henery Member

    South shropshire
    A friend who does a lot of spud agronomy was invited, with few others to Jersey by the JR coop a few years ago to talk about what they are doing there. He was horrified by what they doto keep growing on the same land. Huge rates of fungicide applied to bare ground. The soil had nothing living in it he said, sterile. Hence JR taste of very little now.
    Had some Pembrokeshire last week in stDavids, ....superb !
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  12. multi power

    multi power Member

    Because they use every bit of land available, no 2 meter from the hedge nonsense etc
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  13. I used to go to Jersey regularly in the 80's and 90's buying cattle. The farmers there put us to shame with the way that every croppable inch is utilised. I remember being told that there is no new seed for the Jersey Royals, they just save some or swap around! I brought a few back and planted them in my garden, they emerged , but withered and died almost straight away!
  14. Clive

    Clive Staff Member

    WTF has your rotation got to do with farm assurance ?
  15. That’s what started the conversation @chaffcutter I commented on how the Royals didn’t appear to taste anything special lately
  16. JLLM

    JLLM Member

    I think you are supposed to be able to demonstrate that you use your rotation to reduce your reliance on pesticides.:angelic:
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  17. Clive

    Clive Staff Member

    how very condescending of them o_O
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  18. crazy_bull

    crazy_bull Member

    earliest comes out of ex tomato green houses, then the early cotte' (sp) south facing slopes followed by the flat land later, to value decreases through the year due to more flat land area increasing production, but cost also decreases.

    Crazy how steep some of those slopes are especially the world famous ones in all the touristy photos round Gory bay.

    I thought (perhaps wrongly) the jersey mids were just the small potatoes riddled out, they are very particular about the size criteria to be sold as 'Royals'.

    C B
  19. The Ruminant

    The Ruminant Member

    A friend I played rugby with used to take the photos of the steep potato fields that were used in the adverts. He readily admitted (to me) that there was some jiggery-pokery used (in the days before Photoshop) to make the fields appear much steeper than they really were :rolleyes:
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  20. Still Farming

    Still Farming Member

    Glamorgan Wales
    Varst areas in South from Safaga across no where near Cairo ,very fertile and grows any crop any time of the year such the climate.
    If you had a 1970 combine or Potatoe harvester there ,you be like the top person?
    All like medieval and feudal systems with women,kids, horses,and cows working lands.
    Real eye opener?

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