Long-term Storage Of Potatoes
The condition of the harvest and its shelf life depends on how the potatoes are stored. If you, like many Russians, aspire to stock potatoes for the winter, it is necessary to have a clear idea of how to save the potato according to all the rules. The technology of potato storage is much more...
The condition of the harvest and its shelf life depends on how the potatoes are stored. If you, like many Russians, aspire to stock potatoes for the winter, it is necessary to have a clear idea of how to save the potato according to all the rules.
The technology of potato storage is much more complicated than it seems at first sight. In this question it is necessary to take into account everything, starting from the place of storage and finishing with temperature conditions. First of all it is necessary to take care of preparation of the harvest, otherwise even the most ideal conditions of potato storage in vegetable will not save it from premature spoilage.
For each potato variety it is necessary to plan a certain date of collection. If you hurry and dig the potato much earlier, it will be unfit for long-term storage. This is due to the fact that the peel of such potatoes will remain thin and will not be able to protect the tubers from negative external influences. Harvest, collected even with a little delay, is most susceptible to the penetration of infections and fungus, which will affect the shelf life and quality of vegetables. For digging harvest choose sunny days without precipitation, because the extracted from the land harvest has yet to dry on the ground for several hours.
Before packed in boxes or on wooden flooring in bulk, potatoes undergo the procedure of careful selection. Tubers even with the slightest defects will no longer be suitable for long-term storage, so they go to feed the cattle or as raw material for fertilizer.
All over the world it is used to storing potatoes on normal and well-functioning technology-in special boxes of kilograms of 30-35, placing boxes in rows on the shelves. And if one box spoils, that is it and spoils, as the storage is constantly monitor and in time cleaned box with potatoes. And only in Russia and the United States, the ways of storing potatoes have not changed despite the widespread spread of technological progress. Storing the precious potato harvest in inappropriate conditions will not help preserve its original qualities. Moreover, if the system of continuous monitoring of harvest and selection of spoiled specimens is not implemented. Therefore, if the potato begins to rot, then rots the entire barn at once, because it is a pile of solid heaps in the ties and hundreds of tons of potatoes can not be reassembled.
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