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APPLYING ORGANIC BIOLOGICAL SEED INOCULANTS TO SPROUTING CERTIFIED SEED POTATOES ON WOOD PRAIRIE FAMILY FARM. Week befo


APPLYING ORGANIC BIOLOGICAL SEED INOCULANTS TO SPROUTING CERTIFIED SEED POTATOES ON WOOD PRAIRIE FAMILY FARM. Week before last, most nights went below freezing.

This last week – right on schedule – the shift to Spring arrived in Northern Maine. With soil temperatures warming our attention has been shifting over to planting our crop of Organic Maine Certified Seed Potatoes.

In this photo, using a “Roller Table,” Caleb’s brother, Peter (red hat) and sister Amy spray onto warmed, sprouting Seed Potatoes a special blend of organic biological seed inoculants. Enhancing with good biology the seed tubers and inoculating the rhizosphere – the zone of soil around the seed piece – insures a healthy crop and top-performing seed.

As tubers wind their way forward on the Roller Table, they are continually rolling-over, permitting both a final full visual inspection and 100% skin coverage by the sprayed-on mix of seed inoculants. Once treated, the seed is collected into black ‘Dutch Tulip Bulb’ crates which is how we handle and greensprout the 30,000 pounds of seed we will need to plant this years crop.

Now that the soil temp at 6am (6″ depth) crested 50oF yesterday, actual planting will begin immediately.

Caleb, Megan & Jim




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