POTATO HARVEST END IS IN SIGHT. Thanks to a nice string of sunny and warm days this week we ought to finish up potato harvest next week. We expect to be done with our field crop this week. Then it will take three days more to harvest our pre-nuclear Potato Minitubers and Nuclear 1 (first year in soil) seed stock grown from last year’s Minitubers, both grown inside Aphid-Excluding Screenhouses.
In this shot, the nearby ‘green’ area is a remnant Beneficial Insect Flower plot bush-hogged (mowed) three weeks ago. If you look closely – to the left of the toolbox – you can see a surviving patch of cheerful ‘California Poppy.’ This was first flower to bloom this Spring and along with some persistent pink Cosmos they are the also last to still offer beneficials some nectar.
We harvest directly into hardwood pallet boxes and each box gets a sequentially numbered 3×5 card plus a second color-coded card identifying the potato variety and its Field Year (FY) generation. The start time and end time of each dug row is recorded on the clipboard along with the Box Number for that row. With 60 seed lots grown every year this paperwork system allows us to keep good track of everything and avoid errors. Caleb, Megan & Jim