What to do with potatoes to leave them ready for harvesting


Livestock Farmer
Co. Down
We have 2 acres of main crop Maris pipers and a few drills of pinks which we will be hoping to harvest towards the end of the month. In terms of the size and crop we are happy with where they are at now. Tops are still very green and we would like to take the tops off soon and let the skins set a bit before harvesting.
We have enough Diquat left to do them and then top afterwards when they die down, but around here the opinion is that the Diquat leaves a taste in the potatoes.
We are selling at the farm gate so taste and flavour is fairly important to use.

Our spray sales man has told us he could sell us a spray called spot light or shark to spray on immediately after topping and that would avoid using Diquat. We haven’t done this before so wondering what our best option would be?

Or could we get away with just topping them without any sprays or would we be at risk of blight getting down to the potatoes afterwards?


NI is part of UK so:

In the UK, the Chemicals Regulation Division of the Health and Safety Executive has now given a date for diquat products to be withdrawn from the market by 31 July 2019, with a use-up period for growers up to 4 February 2020.

Your diquat should go to a licensed waste disposal firm - you are committing an offence by storing the material.

Good advice above on Gozai

More here: https://ahdb.org.uk/news/the-cost-of-desiccation-without-diquat

Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

Written by Lisa Applin


In July, we opened the applications window for farmers to join our Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot.

The Sustainable Farming Incentive is 1 of the 3 new environmental land management schemes. It sits alongside the future Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery schemes.

Through the Sustainable Farming Incentive, farmers will be paid for environmentally sustainable actions – ones that are simple to do and do not require previous agri-environment scheme experience.

We are piloting the scheme to...