TL5693 : A crop of potatoes ready for harvesting

taken 8 years ago, 4 km from Black Horse Drove, Cambridgeshire, Great Britain

A crop of potatoes ready for harvesting
A crop of potatoes ready for harvesting
The field is situated just west of Middle Leading Drain. Irrigation equipment is still in place but no longer needed at this time of the year since the potatoes are ready for being harvested. Work teams are busy in adjoining fields.

On maturity of the tubers the potato vines are killed in order to terminate growth and hence control tuber size, and to set skin, which reduces skinning and bruising during harvest, and shrinkage in storage. The most common method of vine killing is chemical desiccation turning the leaves brown. Sometimes a flail vine shredder > LinkExternal link - LinkExternal link is used, an implement consisting of varying knife lengths to accommodate the contours of the hill and furrow, producing a very rapid vine kill by mechanically removing all but about 15 centimetres of the vines > LinkExternal link which are then removed by chemical desiccation.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 13 September, 2009   (more nearby)
Monday, 14 September, 2009
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 566 933 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:30.9416N 0:18.4632E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 566 936
View Direction
South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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