Biosecurity associated with Potato Production

Our potato project utilises certified seed from Germany, which is free of fungal, viral and bacterial disease. Potato is susceptible to a wide range of diseases which can be transmitted in soil or on farm equipment. Many diseases common in tomatoes, eggplant and melons can also be transmitted to potatoes. To get superior yields and quality, and to keep chemical costs under control, we need tight control of infection entering the property.

Our field has only been used for cereal crops and pasture for the past 20 years, and there are no other potato or cucurbit growers neighbouring us. All equipment used for unloading/loading/carting seed, and all farm equipment used in the field such as tractors, ploughs, harrows, and crop planters, is disinfected by us prior to commencing work.  Given that we use rented equipment from farm service centres, which potentially service other growers of potato or cucurbits, we have to assume that all rented equipment poses a biosecurity threat and respond accordingly. A high-pressure wash to remove dirt is followed by a spray with Domestos to kill pathogens.

We are deadly serious about biosecurity, and hope that our prudence will be imitated by other farmers to protect their crops from profit-sapping infectious disease.

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