Soil is an essential part of growing potatoes, but as a project at Cornell University is proving, without using it initially, spuds are able to be produced in a more efficient and sustainable way.
Rather than being buried in the earth from a seed form, the potato tubers are suspended along stems at Cornell’s Uihlein Farm, which are misted on occasion with a recycled solution of nutrients. Once these potato tubers have grown to the size of a quarter, they are able to be picked off of the stems and planted in the ground in order to speed up the time it takes for a potato to go from farm to table.
A grant from the U.S. Department of Agrictulture Specialty Crops Programs means that the researchers will be able to install larger changes in the years to come, in order to cut down on time, material and labor costs, as well as ensure that potatoes can always be locally grown.
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