We are happy to announce that we on the 4th of January 2021 have started building a new storage with room for approximately 12.000 tons with a receiving station. The project has been in the plans for a long time and therefore we are excited that we have now started with the groundwork. The storage will be finished in September 2021 so it is ready to use in the storing season. We expect that the new storage will contribute to securing our supply and that a new receiving station will result in shorter waiting time for the drivers in the busy periods. We will continue to give updates on the building process.
Our storages are now full and we have even filled the driveways. The storing period has been good this year and shows signs of a good harvest. Our yield is actually approx. 5% higher than in a normal season. This year we have many potatoes stored at our farmers, because we no longer have enough storing capacity.
It is now time for storing. We have started storing organic and conventional potatoes. Everyone is working hard in order to get as much as possible in our storages before the temperature gets too low and the rain arrives.
This year we have used a lot of ressources on cleaning our storage, because CIPC has been forbidden. We are still waiting for a permission to apply a new solution. It is very frustrating that we have started storing, without knowing if it is possible to keep them in storage until next summer.
Every year we have a very busy period to ensure that we have knowledge about quality and yield on our contract areas. This knowledge is very important and basic, in order to get the potatoes disposed as good as possible within the season.
The past few weeks our agro department has visited most of our growers and collected samples from all the fields. It has resulted in a big amount of samples, which the quality department have analyzed. The picture shows samples from a regular day in the field, so they are quite busy at the moment.
Our agro department often visits our trial fields. Their latest report of the organic trial field is that there is a big difference between the different varieties that we have in trial. As seen on the pictures below, some varieties are dead from mold while others are looking really good and does not have any mold. We will watch the field closely and we are excited to see the final results of our trial.
Thorsens Chipskartofler had a course about potatoes yesterday for all employees. This included a trip to different potato fields, where Torben from our agro department explained about the different varieties and diseases. We saw crisp potatoes, peeling potatoes and organic potatoes. After the trip to the fields there was a presentation about the physiology of the potato. The day was exciting for everyone and both new and old employees got more knowledge.
In week 25 we took a trip to Germany to visit our German colleges in Thorsens Chipskartofler GmbH and meet up with our partner RWG. Besides this we also got to see our contract areas, which currently is looking really good as you can see in the pictures.
The varieties on the pictures are among others Lady Claire, Lady Britta and Lady Rosetta.
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