East Tennessee. I've planted potatoes two times this year. Ordinarily,
they're my easiest crop. Stick 'em in the ground, mulch with leaves,
spray a few times for flea and potato beetles, and that's it. This year
we've had lots of rain. My taters never came up. I dig in my rows to
see what happened, and I find the rotten remnants. Most of the
chunks of seed potatoes never sprouted. Anybody else here in
the Southeast have similar results?
Smae thing has happened to me in the past. I've started treating the sets
with powdered sulfur (is a fungicide) after they have dried some after
cutting them up. I always bed them up also. We've had close to 30 inches
of rain here in south AL in the last three months. Only lost my onions so
to chitt potatoes you put them in trays with the eyes facing up, and allow
them to sprout. once they have sprouted they have in fact started to grow
and there is less chance of them rotting in the ground. hope this helps you.
Richard M. Watkin.
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Ok. Next year I'm gonna chitt 'em and dust them with wood ashes. This
is the first time I've ever heard about chitting. Seems the potatoes just
can't cope with too much moisture. It still keeps raining, beans and corn
and tomatoes are doing very well, so I can't complain too much. Now
that the coons seem to be gone, I'll have a chance at getting some good
results for the rest of the season.
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