Making sure your potatoes are fully supplied with all the nutrients they require is the best way to improve crop yield and tuber quality
Magnesium is essential for photosynthesis and starch metabolism
Phosphate provides the energy for all plant metabolic functions.
Potassium is needed to move carbohydrates from the leaves to tubers
Phosphate applied at tuber innitiation increases tuber numbers
Phosphate applied during tuber bulking increases tuber size
Listen to potato grower Jimmy Dagg from Crailing Tofts Potatoes near Kelso in the Scottish Borders tell us why potato quality is so important and why YaraLiva Tropicote Calcium Nitrate fertiliser is his first choice when it comes to spreadability, tracability and reliability.
Calcium is the key nutrient for tuber quality, it strengthens cell walls which improves many aspects of tuber quality
Boron is involved in stabilising cell membranes and cell walls which can lead to less bruising during handling
improvement in skin finish
reduction in tuber bruising
reduction in internal spots
of calcium in the soil is in a form that cannot be taken up by plants and is unavailable
of calcium nitrate dissolves in water making it the only fully soluble calcium fertiliser
Potatoes can only use calcium when it is delivered in a water-soluble form. YaraLiva Tropicote Calcium Nitrate is the only fully soluble calcium fertiliser. Other forms of calcium are much less soluble than calcium nitrate so they are unable to supply sufficient calcium to meet plant needs. See the difference for yourself.
Potato grower Thomas Marshall from County Antrim in Northern Ireland tells Yara area manager Chloe Kyle why he uses YaraLiva Tropicote to improve the potato quality.
The following fertilisers are particularly recommended
Yara supply our solid and liquid fertilisers and micronutrients through a network of local suppliers Use our interactive map to locate your nearest suppliers.
With potato quality being so important it's vital to give the crop the best nutrition to help supress tuber disorders. Join our webinar to help answer your questions. Eva Ross of Yara is joined by Mark Tucker and Tom Decamp to discuss how effective nutrition helps control disease in potatoes.
Here is an infographic to download as a useful reminder