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Take steps now to make every potato count.

Optimize your storage control as you prepare for the best possible storage conditions.

Taking the steps to prepare for incoming harvested potatoes is key for growers. Below are steps to best prepare for storage conditions that are ideal in preserving the quality of the potatoes coming into storage. One important consideration is the control panel that orchestrates the operation of your storage system. Contact your IVI sales rep ahead of harvest for an evaluation of your control panel to ensure you are leveraging all the features available for your storage success. Options like historical data retrieval can guide your upcoming storage season recipe for the most favorable outcome.

Explore a panel upgrade for the most precise control to temperature setpoint. The Imperium Control Panel includes temperature sensors from 12, 18 and up. The Sentinel Control Panel was developed with growers’ varying needs in mind. With temperature sensors limited to a quantity of eight, this panel offers both efficiency and affordability.

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Be a step ahead with your storage planning.

Growers know many factors are at work when it comes to making every potato count in storage. Early preparation for the storage of your crops is key for a successful outcome. At Industrial Ventilation, Inc. (IVI), we’re ready to offer the right solutions for the challenges that concern growers. This includes the condition of potatoes entering storage, shifting climate factors, and timing for market demands. Leverage our proven solutions to your storage advantage.

We encourage you to consider these steps and reminders in preparation for post-harvest storage:

Step one: call for service for an annual system calibration and equipment check, plus cleaning and an application to sanitize your storage.

Growing conditions vary from year to year. Your system control settings need to be adjusted accordingly. IVI’s area offices have qualified service technicians who can help ensure your air system is operating at an optimal level. This includes:

  • Air system check and re-calibration
  • Sensors are dialed in appropriately
  • Addressing the humidifying system
  • Providing a signed document that system has been checked when needed for government audits for food safety

A complete cleaning of your storage, from floor to walls, helps ensure favorable and safe conditions for your harvested crop. Following this with sanitization is key due to:

  • Bacteria’s tendency to linger in a cool, protected environment, with the ability to carry over from the previous storage use
  • The ability of DeccosanTM (PAA) to sanitize for bacterial and disease control

Step two: prep for storage with pre-conditioning and climate adjustments.

Give your potatoes the storage conditions that will allow them to best adapt from the field. Growers know that the spud’s moisture must be maintained. Preparation of storage conditions a few days ahead of crop entry creates an ideal environment at this critical phase of storage, facilitating optimal dormancy, with a focus on:

  • A cool, dark, and humid environment
  • A pre-conditioned storage by running system
  • Storage temperature aligned with the temperature of the potatoes
  • Cooling of bay and a humidity boost to minimize the spud’s moisture loss
  • Utilizing the air system, including eliminating heat pockets as well as maximizing air flow opportunities ahead of the settling of the pile

Ragen Darrington, IVI sales manager, describes the necessity of adapting storage conditions to the variables that change from year-to-year: “We’re here for growers to provide services to clean and disinfect in preparation of storage. We’re also a resource to educate on best practices we see through our experience with various growers as well as applying industry outlooks and advancements.”

Darrington adds: “Taking care of steps one and two, described above, gives growers an active mindset, which is helpful in avoiding the need for a reactionary effort. These early efforts can help ward off costly fixes later into storage.”

Step three: evaluate potatoes in-line and treat signs of disease with in-line application.

Growers know to evaluate the condition of potatoes moving into storage, and IVI can assist in determining proper treatment solutions. This includes:

  • Assessing signs of stress or disease
  • Evaluate for bruising from hillside or rocky conditions
  • Aligning treatment solutions such as BioSave® for Dry Rot or Resist 57TM for Pink Rot

Step four: for storage entry, adjust system controls and treat early for the best prevention.

Early treatment is a proven remedy for better hold time and the highest possible quality out of storage. The first 14 days in storage are critical, as this is the most vulnerable storage time period. Goals should include:

  • Proper acclimation from field to new storage environment
  • Cool temperature and moisture level of potatoes leading in to dormancy
  • Facilitate healing of any damage or disease
  • Utilize DMN and CIPC products for efficacy and a longer hold time

Enlist the help of IVI for your successful storage plan.

Contact your local service rep today to implement the steps now for your best outcome out of storage. We offer sound advice and will make your scheduling our priority.

This post was originally published on June 29, 2023 and was updated with new information on August 1, 2023.

August 1, 2023