Long before you pack potatoes in wooden boxes for transportation, you need to store them. And it is important that you store them correctly, so that you don’t end up making a loss due to the potatoes being damaged.
How Do You Store Potatoes?
You need to cull and cure the potatoes before storing them. It is natural to come across a few potatoes that are diseased or damaged. You need to discard these.
Curing heals the skin and keeps the potatoes safe from disease and damage. You can cure potatoes by exposing them to temperatures between 50 – 60 degree Fahrenheit and around 95% relative humidity for 2 weeks.
You can store potatoes either in refrigerated warehouses or even in non-refrigerated bulk bins. These bins need to be at least 20 feet deep and air needs to be forced up from below using corrugated metal ducts. This helps in balancing the distribution of cool and humid air that prevents shrinkage, decay, and sprouting. Many harvesters make use of air-cooled rooms for storage. If you’re planning to do the same, make sure that the temperature at night is warm enough to prevent freezing yet cold enough to keep the potatoes from getting spoilt.
Potato Packing Tips
A wooden potato box can be a great choice for transporting potatoes from one place to another. Besides being strong and sturdy, they offer ventilation at the same time, ensuring that the potatoes inside stay safe and fresh.
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