Potato trials at Aurora, Sandveld

This February 2022, Chantel du Raan, Terence Brown and Soreen Gouws – all from Potatoes South Africa – along with representative of seed houses in South Africa visited the farm of Albert de Villiers in Aurora, Sandveld. This was to oversee the  harvesting of a cultivar evaluation trial which is part of an ongoing project to identify exiting new cultivars. Because the trail consists of small plots, a whole lot of labour, and supervision is required to prevent mixing of tubers of different cvs. The weight of tubers from each plot is measured on the field. From the field, harvested tubers are taken to the shed to be classed according to quality and tuber size. All this information will be summarized in a report for the advancement of the potato industry at large.

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