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Any of you really get into potatoes

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:50 am    Post subject: Any of you really get into potatoes Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I sat down earlier this morning with the wind blowing, interstate closed, and thought we need some pictures of something different, not sure how many do potatoes and dig them with a potato digger.

Here in my picture, ("SC" was pulling the digger) I was digging my Yukon golds, your saying what is this guy doing with all these potatoes, as I had almost 2 more rows of Pontiacs (Reds). I give of course to my family, then comes people that maybe will never get a dry land potato (much more flavor then a irrigated) One person I took a 30lb sack too was burned badly last spring, and his back on his feet and a Vet.

I actually ordered 30lb bags from a company out east, and it made my job much easier.
This potato project got me off my butt and got me back into physical labor big time.
I don't have a planter yet so I hand planted them.

 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:05 am    Post subject: Re: Any of you really get into potatoes Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I am into potatoes big time. Here is my digger and it also makes the furrow when planting.
Also my harvest crew. DIL and Grandkids.
And the final product. 168 quarts this year.
Richard in NW SC






 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:08 am    Post subject: Re: Any of you really get into potatoes Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I remember you posting those pics earlier. That potato digger looks sweet. My potato digger has a wooden handle, and doesn't get pulled by a tractor! I typically raise Pontiac Reds, two or three rows, with a single row of Russets. I fertilize when I plant and again when the potatoes bloom, get some really nice big red potatoes. I do have a shovel plow, but it tears up the potatoes right bad, and I sit behind a desk all day, so a little manual labor is good for me once in a while.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:13 am    Post subject: Re: Any of you really get into potatoes Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Another shot of my plow.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:15 am    Post subject: Re: Any of you really get into potatoes Reply to specific post Reply with quote

RJ, If I rum the plow deep enough, I almost never hit the potatoes. The wings I welded on the plow help also.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:25 am    Post subject: Re: Any of you really get into potatoes Reply to specific post Reply with quote

We used to grow an acre of potatoes. Didn?t even have a potato digger. Just used our IH 240 and a walk behind moldboard plow. Hand planted too.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:30 am    Post subject: Re: Any of you really get into potatoes Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I haven't grown any yet that are big enough to "get into"
Sorry Dan, must be cabin fever.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:00 am    Post subject: Re: Any of you really get into potatoes Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Do you have a trick for peeling that many potatoes? My trick used to be my wife but she has announced that she has quit.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:27 am    Post subject: Re: Any of you really get into potatoes Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Is that question for me or for Ande?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:54 am    Post subject: Re: Any of you really get into potatoes Reply to specific post Reply with quote

@Richard That is a lot of canning! I talked about canning some, but don't you have to pressure can? I talk to the Mrs. about this last fall, and all I got was a bunch of no's. I guess I'm going to look into further when I can.
But your pictures are impressive

Regarding the digger, this one was probably horse drawn, but was setup for a tractor. (spade type) I do see them for sale on Craigs around here for 500.00 - 600.00.
I have a spare one that is a different brand. Needs work, (Apron) probably why I never ran it.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Any of you really get into potatoes Reply to specific post Reply with quote


I had a neighbor that planted a big patch of potatoes to feed his hard working sons, who had neglected to hoe out the weeds. I happened to show up on the day he wanted to dig up the spuds. He had an old potato digger that was originally used behind a horse. Only they had it hooked to the back of a Farmall model C. When I got there they were having a heated discussion about the weeds and the sons not keeping the digger on the row. The sons argument was that he was driving the tractor and they were following him, so he was the one that was off the row. And who had the time to hoe weeds while trying to get all the chores done he piled on them? His argument was that they must be missing the row because he couldn't see any potatoes on top of the ground. That was because the digger was only bringing up potatoes about the same size as golf balls and he couldn't see them from the tractor seat. Then they would go a few feet with the tractor and digger and the argument would start over about who was supposed to hoe the weeds and so forth. Finally the son that was holding onto the digger handles told the old man that if he knew where the potato rows were he should be running the digger. So they made the switch with the old man berating the son about not knowing what a potato plant looked like. Then the argument turned back to the fact that the weeds were too thick to be able to see the potato plants, and who was supposed to hoe out the weeds in the first place? When they got situated with the son on the tractor, and the old man hanging onto the digger handles while he was yelling to hurry up, because it was getting on to chore time. Well, the son had about enough of his old man, so he put the tractor in third gear and took off. The old man kept up for a while, all the while cussing a blue streak and running with his legs going around like a windmill. The rest of us fell on the ground laughing. I don't know whether they ever got the rest of the patch dug up or not, because I headed home before I busted a stitch from all the laughing I was doing.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:34 am    Post subject: Re: Any of you really get into potatoes Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I apologize for the first picture, it wasn't very clear, but this one will give you a better idea. I was digging Yukon Golds again.

 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:55 am    Post subject: Re: Any of you really get into potatoes Reply to specific post Reply with quote

@RJ, I plan to work up more of the meadow, and a few other meadows, as I don't use any fertilizer, but give the ground a rest for one year. I keep track if I have angle worms, as to me it says the ground is healthy. I realize in cramp spaces (back yard gardens) that is impossible. And I also had a small garden where I live.
My goal is at least 2 years for rotation of potatoes on the ground
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:25 am    Post subject: Re: Any of you really get into potatoes Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Ande, yes I pressure can in my big shop. I can potatoes, green beans, collards, and okra.
We dry a few things.
I own 5 pressure canners, but only use a couple. My favorite one is probably over 100 years old and built like a vault. Canning is very safe as long as you follow the instructions.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:22 am    Post subject: Re: Any of you really get into potatoes Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-Richard G. wrote:
(quoted from post at 10:27:49 01/11/1Cool Is that question for me or for Ande?
Richard


Either or both. The wife is really hung up on not wanting to peel potatoes again for two solid days. We are just about to finish eating 2014's canned potatoes.
 
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