14 February 1997

Saxon needs warm bed to get growing

UNEVEN emergence in some crops of Saxon, PBI Cambridges second early potato variety, has led the firm to highlight the risk of planting it into cold soils.

Husbandry guidelines caution particularly against planting unchitted seed until the ground has warmed up.

Best crop establishment will be achieved from chitted seed. Cold stored seed should be warmed first.

The temperature – measured not guessed – at seed depth should be at least 7-8C (45-46F), the company adds.