Potato is the world’s most important vegetable crop, with nearly 400 million tons produced worldwide every year, lending to stability in food supply and socioeconomic impact. In general, potato is an intensively managed crop, requiring irrigation, fertilization, and frequent pesticide applications in order to obtain the highest yields possible.
In the popular imagination, agricultural work has always been considered to be one of the most tiring, characterized by grueling days spent kneeling in the fields under the hot sun or inclement weather. But maybe today such clichés should be reconsidered.
As a matter of fact, agricultural technology now gives us the opportunity to engage ourselves in planting or harvesting while seated in highly evolved machines complete with air conditioning, radio, and impeccable equipment management systems.
Planting potatoes using a New Holland T7.270 on Zuidberg Tracks and Miedema CP42 all in one planting combination for soil cultivation, fertilizer spreading, planting and ridging. On balance I think that choice may be the defining characteristic of 21st century planting.What about you?