Potato Treatment - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by mgaier
April 20, 2000
I am getting ready to plant about 200 lbs of potatoes. Someone I work with recently said I should put baking soda on the potatoes after cutting them. I've never heard of this. I have heard of using sulfur, however, to prevent fungus. Do you know anything about this?

Answer from NGA
April 20, 2000
I've never heard about dusting seed potatoes with baking soda so I can't advise you on this process. Usually, if you're purchasing certified disease-free seed potatoes, you don't need to treat the cut pieces other than to allow them to air dry prior to planting. Hope you have a terrific harvet of spuds!

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