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#1 JD DANNELS OFFLINE  

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Posted July 18, 2015 - 04:10 PM

Dug 10 hills this morning, to see how the potatoes are doing.
The Reds are Norland and are considered a Chipper. This is the most commonly grown potato of the commercial growers in South Dakotas Red River Valley. I prefer a red potatoe for fried potatoes, even if it gives my cardiologist the quivers.
The white potatoes are Kennebeck, and the gold ones are YUKON GOLD.

NOTE: Propane1 posted pictures of his the other day.
It is not fair to compare mine to his.
While his are just beginning to put on potatoes, mine were planted much earlier.
As you can see in the photos of my patch the vines are beginning to brown off and will be done in about 4 weeks.

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Posted July 18, 2015 - 04:18 PM

Nice crop. Yes yours are ahead of mine. Wish I could be there for supper!! Thanks for the pictures. All of your potatoes are my favourites. Noel
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Posted July 18, 2015 - 04:25 PM

A few flowers have died off on mine, but be a while before the plants start to die off. Noel.

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Posted July 18, 2015 - 04:41 PM

A few flowers have died off on mine, but be a while before the plants start to die off. Noel.


Yes, they really start to put on tubers and grow after the bloom. Yours really looked nice for as early as you dug the first sampling. I do not remember a year that the blooms lasted for so many weeks, like they did this year.

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Posted July 18, 2015 - 05:31 PM

Red norlands seem kinda plain to me.
But, I just love kennebecs!

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Posted July 18, 2015 - 06:35 PM

Red norlands seem kinda plain to me.
But, I just love kennebecs!
Joe

Red norlands seem kinda plain to me.
But, I just love kennebecs!
Joe

Everyone own taste and that is cool! That is probably why there are so many different varieties available. Kennebeck is the reliable performer by which I judge any variety I try.

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Posted July 18, 2015 - 07:29 PM

Yes, they really start to put on tubers and grow after the bloom...

 

I know they need plenty of water during this period. Would this be a good time to fertilize?



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Posted July 18, 2015 - 07:49 PM

I never have done that, and have never heard of fertilizing. But I am not a gardener. I just put things in the ground and hope for the best. Noel.

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Posted July 19, 2015 - 06:40 AM

Fertilize when planting and at first hilling, never when plant is building tubers as they will become very scabby .
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Posted July 19, 2015 - 08:34 AM

Fertilize when planting and at first hilling, never when plant is building tubers as they will become very scabby .

 

Thanks, that is what was done.



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Posted July 19, 2015 - 10:13 AM

I have never used fertilizer on my potatoes. Before you do, do a google search and research the subject.
Potatoes do not call for standard high nitrogen fertilizers. It has been a while since i have read up on the subject but want to say Potash and magnesium are the primary requirements,
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Posted July 19, 2015 - 10:31 AM

You want a soil sample done to see what is needed, taters like acidic soul with a pHof 5.5-6.5 any higher and the skin starts to get tough.
Read up on your local ag schools findings. this is your best bet for a great crop of taters.
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Posted July 19, 2015 - 11:53 AM

Used a home sample kit; pH was 6-6.5. Added 10-10-10 @ planting. Dusting of Bone meal @ hilling. Plants were knee deep @ flowering (18+ inches) Dark green, thick, and healthy.

 

I just can't wait to see the end results.



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Posted July 19, 2015 - 12:07 PM

I was wrong on the magnesium. High nitrogen like with tomatoes will give you lush vines but little fruit.
What potatoes need is potassium and phosphate.
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