LAST OF WOOD PRAIRIE COMMERCIAL ORGANIC SEED POTATO NOW DUG AN SAFELY IN UNDERGROUND STORAGE. By noon yesterday we had dug the last rows of potatoes and hauled them into our Potato House. By 4pm we had chisel-plowed the remainder of the potato ground and planted it back to Organic ‘Aroostook’ variety Winter Rye which we will harvest as another seed crop next August.
In this photo, four working 1960s Oliver tractors have found gainful employment in our Wood Prairie harvest. The shot was taken from the Oliver 1750 Diesel which is pulling our Finnish ‘Juko’ (pronounced “Yuko”) potato harvester. At left, a 1650 Diesel has been outfitted with forks on the three-point-hitch – and front counter-balance-weights – to move around one-ton hardwood pallet boxes full of potatoes. To its right, Caleb is drivng a second 1650 Diesel and using our ‘Lockwood’ rockpicker to remove piles of rocks deposited by the Juko. Way in the back at the far end of the thousand-foot rows is an 1850 Diesel temporarily hooked up to a two-row ‘John Deere #30 Potato Digger’ which we deployed to dig up short sections of potatoes on either side of a somewhat treacherous hillside outcropping of ledge (bedrock) that the Juko begged off from.
The final steps will be next week when we’ll tackle and harvest some seed plots of early generation seed potatoes we’ll plant back next May. Caleb, Megan & Jim