Seven ways we dig deeper for the perfect potato.
Select The Right Field.
Quality land and irrigation are the #1 factors in determining crop potential. Well-drained, sandy loams are optimal for potato production. Field rotations every 3 to 4 years are also important in maintaining yield and quality.
Prepare the Land.
Compaction elimination, pest control and managing crop residue are primary goals prior to planting. Wind and water erosion management are integral to the Black Gold Farms sustainability program.
Build a crop plan.
Locations, varieties and planting dates are selected based upon customer needs, as well as yield and quality potential. Soil testing is done on all fields prior to planting to determine specific fertilizer rates and timing. Local pressures and rotational strategies developed with land partners are the major factors of input application decisions.
Use high-quality certified seed.
Low generation seed is used to minimize disease problems. Seed is cut to the exact size and shape for optimum planter performance and yield.
Take vigilant care of the crop.
Black Gold Farms uses internal agronomists to routinely evaluate the crop. Plant tissue testing is used regularly to ensure plant health. Field research at each farm helps keep us vigilant. Field-based sensor technology is used to achieve timely water applications.
Develop a harvest plan.
Potatoes are harvested to match customer needs. Electronic sorting aids in efficiency and helps eliminate foreign material or off-grade potatoes. Multiple locations allow us to provide a steady stream of quality potatoes at lower transportation costs.
Have a talented team.
Internal talent leads daily activities. Research and development is an ongoing process. Black Gold Farms' staff participates in many national and local trade organizations and as liaisons to university research.