Wednesday, 8 June 2016

To Chit or not to Chit?

I’ve noticed a resurgence of interest in chitting over recent years. And for good reason. 
It’s one of those things that growers used to do 20, 30, 40 years ago… and they just knew it was right in many circumstances. But modern production techniques and mechanical handling just don’t lend themselves to chitting.

But in a season just like this one, with a delayed planting and reports of slow emergence in a less than an ideal spring there are huge benefits to be had from chitting some of your seed. We have a demonstration of chitting at SPot Farm West looking at its place in a processing environment.
The pictures below show what the crop looks like just now (1 June).

How will this early emergence effect the final harvest date, grading and quality? 

And just what was the physiological age of the seed at planting? 

For this and other details you’ll need to come along to our Farm Walk on 30 June or the Open Day on 19 July

On both occasions Matt Smallwood of McCain will be on hand to explain the thinking behind this work why you should perhaps consider the technique for your own business.

Markies Chitted

Markies Chitted

Markies unchitted

Pentland Dell Chitted

Pentland Dell Chitted

Pentland Dell Unchitted

To book your place at any of the SPot Farm events visit AHDB Potatoes events

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