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Discussion Board - Potato Yields

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08-21-2012 06:06:06

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Just curious, what is a good yield, in bushels, from a 40-foot row of potatos? I think I planted 10 pounds of Yukon gold. Some hills had two or three big spuds; others 6-10 smaller--not marble size, just smaller potatoes. Is it like fish in a pond where you can have one ten-pound fish or 10 one-pound fish given the same nutrients, etc. Tops had all died down so I figure they were done growing.


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08-25-2012 04:03:32

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 Re: Potato Yields in reply to fergienewbee, 08-21-2012 06:06:06  
I did tests with many varieties.Got 10 lb per pound of seed planted.Red Gold did make 18 to 1 but lots of small potatoes.Planted Yukon Gold once , poor yeild.I grow mostly Kennebecs and Red Norland now.Some Satina and Red Gold because my wife and daughter like them.

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08-21-2012 09:01:38

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 Re: Potato Yields in reply to fergienewbee, 08-21-2012 06:06:06  
the "set" (number of tubers formed per plant) depends on the variety, possibly other factors as well. The size of the tubers depends on many things including the plant population. So if you had 2 rows side by side with everything identical except population, the higher pop should have smaller tubers.

for reference, commercial potato production is usually either 34 or 36 inch rows and a typical yield is 350-450 hundredweight per acre

so... 40 ft row, assume 36" wide, 35000#/A, 56#/bu, do the math... 1.72 bu.

Yukon Gold isn't known for high yield, and with your home garden I wouldn't expect maximum yields with any crop, so I wouldn't be too upset if there's less.

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