Hayden Wallis .. Martin Wallis
Penventon Farm, Helston TR13 ORA
Tel/Fax 01326 572714 email: email@example.com
I have often
been asked how do you grow potatoes?
I hope will give you an idea of planting and harvesting the potatoes
in the west country.
arrive at the farm just before Christmas. In February we prepare
the ground to plant the seed potatoes. The field is ploughed
is then cultivated and put into large beds ready for the destoner.
shows the destoner. This machine picks up the soil, takes
out the stones and puts the stones to one side of the bank.
(These stones are later distributed back into the soil
after the crop has been harvested).
shows on your left land that has been destoned, the middle
row has been bedformed ready for the destoner with the stones
placed in the trench on its right. In the top right had corner
you can see the rows already planted.
are planted by this machine. They are placed in the middle
of the banks 15cm - 25 cm apart depending on the variety of
grow well in the warm Cornish climate and are ready to harvest
the first week in May.
potatoes are ready to be harvested we lift them with a potato
harvester. This gently digs under the bank and lifts the soil
complete with the potatoes up onto a large web. The potatoes
travel up the web and the soil drops down through the bars.
The potatoes then travel over a picking table and here four
people pick out all the seed potatoes and stones left behind
by the harvester.
a photo of the picking table on the potato harvester. Here you
can see the soil and leaves being picked off by hand. The potatoes
are lifted into a trailer, from here they are taken into the
are brought into the packing shed where they go over the grader
and into bags ready to be transported to the markets.
we grow "crisp potatoes" on contract. These potatoes
are red and hard and can only be used for making crisps.The
photo shows the bunker of the "cleaner"on the left.
This takes out most of the soil and stones. The Potatoes are
then conveyed into a "Washer", then the "Stone
Trap" which removes all the stones before going onto the
picking table to be hand picked. Here we just take out seed
potatoes and any potatoes that do not meet the required standard.
They are then loaded into large lorries (see below)
on Contract for crisp factories and these potatoes go direct
to the factories for processing.