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Lousy potato harvest
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Bkeepr    Posted 07-22-2004 at 04:21:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Harvested potatoes yesterday evening after the paying job. Figured I'd get about 4-5 bushels of spuds based on what the plants had looked like--big bushy strong plants all season. They died back a little earlier than I'd expected, but checked the calendar and they were almost to the day what the varieties were supposed to produce to so I didn't worry.

Anyway, got about 1/4 bushel of little runty things...some were already rotting, although the plants had just died back about 2 weeks ago and the weather hasn't been all that wet (soil was dry at the potato level). Wife says we ain't gonna plant anything next year, just buy it all.

Anybody else see this kind of thing before? We've always had pretty good luck with taters. I plant red pontiac and kennebec every year, plus a couple of "oddball" varieties just for fun (this year was Green Mountain and Carolla).

Tom A

Joel    Posted 07-22-2004 at 09:46:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Where are ya'll. Down here we plant potatoes in February and harvested them a few months ago. Mine didn't do so hot this year either by the way.

Bkeepr's in western MD    Posted 07-22-2004 at 13:53:31       [Reply]  [No Email]

deadcarp    Posted 07-22-2004 at 09:18:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Up here they plant lotsa commercail spuds, so we just glean. Nuthin beats those fresh ones. And if they had a belt break or something, they dump & you can back right up to the heap. :)

Alias    Posted 07-22-2004 at 06:14:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
I planted 50 pounds of seed potatoes and they grew to an outstanding height. The vines were tall and bushy. But, I worried because They didn't produce as many blossoms as I'm accostumed to seeing. Curiosity got the better of me so, I opened up a section of a hill and found that the new potatoes were larger than normal but there weren't many. However, there were several little marble sized spuds in the growth process. I dug about a half bushel over about 25 feet of row.
At that rate, I figure I'll only get about 5 bushels return from 50 pounds. Compared to years past that represents about half of what it should be.

Les    Posted 07-22-2004 at 04:31:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I was a kid, dad would plant about half Green Mountain and half Kennebec and one or the other would usually prove out, depending on the weather that summer.
Hard to believe that the tops are dying back already. I don't ever remember that happening much before September here.

Bkeepr    Posted 07-22-2004 at 04:39:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Most years I'm surprised at how early the tops die back here, and check my calendar to find they're just about on time.

I've never had a Green Mountain before, so am waiting and hoping they'll turn out ok...they have not yet died, so I left them in the ground. Only put in 5 lbs worth, though, so they won't make up the harvest I lost on everthing else.

Maybe next year I'll have to do what your Dad did and plant half and half. Hopefully the wife will have cooled off by spring.

Tom A

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