IVI Enlists a Root Crop Trio to Pitch their Products and Services
July 1, 2019
Growers invest in their crops and want to treat ‘em right in storage. Growers of root crops like potatoes, onions and sweet potatoes invest heavily in getting their crops to the point of harvest. When their crops are headed to storage, growers continue with their protective nature, looking to ensure the most successful storage conditions […]
Sweet Potato Storage Research Aids Success for Growers
May 2, 2019
Growers are sweet on storage. They know that a successful duration of sweet potatoes in storage means the work that began at planting has paid off to the highest degree possible. Continuing research strives to find the best possible conditions for the optimal outcome of stored sweets. Variables are tested and re-tested at the university […]
IVI is helping redefine honey bee storage with innovative uses of storage refrigeration and ventilation products
February 28, 2019
While Industrial Ventilation, Inc. is well known as the technology and service leader in industrial ventilation for vegetable storage—especially potatoes and onions—we’re flying into a new frontier: honey bee storage. Honey bees pollinate over 90 agricultural crops in the US, playing a significant role in the economy and a vital part in the production of […]
Optimizing Brix % during sweet potato curing
January 31, 2019
One of these distinct concerns affecting sweet potatoes is the effect of the curing and storage temperature on the soluble sugar content (Brix). Since the sugar content of most sweets is low at harvest, resulting in a not-so-sweet “green”, but expected by consumers to be high, the curing process to develop that sugar content is an imperative step in the storage process.
Love your spuds: Mash ‘em
December 12, 2018
Potatoes. Spuds. Tubers. No matter how you slice ’em—or mash, dice, or grate ’em—that bit of prep is worth the delicious results! For this post we‘re focusing on perhaps one of the most beloved side dishes of all time…the mashed potato. Easy, filling, and delicious, you just can’t go wrong serving up a scoop of this creamy concoction.
Love your spuds: Bake ‘em
November 30, 2018
Potatoes. Spuds. Tubers. No matter how you slice ’em—or mash, dice, or grate ’em—that bit of prep is worth the delicious results! And when you love spuds, these dishes really deliver. What better way to show your loved ones you care than serving up delicious and nutritious fare?
Disease Haunts your Potato Storage
October 31, 2018
As a grower you know that the threat of disease in potato storage is real. Your spuds can look healthy going in, but some signs of disease are not apparent to the naked eye. Or, signs of decay and rot may be missed.
Maximizing Sweet Potato Duration in Storage
September 28, 2018
Successful sweet potatoes storage is paramount to growers. Upon harvesting, initial storage temperature typically ranges from 12 to 15°C (54 to 59°F). For five to ten days, sweet potatoes are in most cases exposed to temperatures between 26 and 29°C (79 and 84°F). This allows the starch to convert to sugar, allowing the sweet aroma to develop. These optimum conditions make it possible to maximize the net results of the harvested crop—allowing up to twelve months in maintaining a high, consistent quality.
Make sure your spuds are ready to roll into storage with a Jet-Ag® or FruitGardTM treatment
August 24, 2018
You’re a potato grower. You did everything in your power to make sure your spuds came out of the ground in perfect condition. You likely were nervous more than a few times thanks to things out of your control, courtesy of Mother Nature. Let’s say you also see no sign of decay or disease as your harvested spuds are moved into storage. And, your storage housing is perfectly prepared, with temperature, air movement and other factors monitored. Do you need an application of a protective, chemical treatment, such as Jet-Ag? Based upon our experience working with growers year after year, the answering is a resounding yes.
Temperature, humidity, and air movement: the key factors to successful storage and preventing common potato diseases
July 31, 2018
The two critical environmental factors involved in properly storing potatoes and preventing common potato diseases are temperature and humidity. Adequate and unrestricted air movement is also necessary to maintain constant temperature and humidity throughout the storage pile—and to prevent excessive shrinkage from moisture loss and decay.