Yara has recently established a new Incubator Farm in the Columbia Basin of Washington, aimed at exploring how a complete potato crop nutrition program that drives productivity and grower profitability can simultaneously lead to a reduced carbon footprint.
The 260-acre trials will analyze the role of crop nutrition and practices such as 4R nutrient management in supporting the industry’s need to continue to produce high-yielding, quality crops, while also implementing solutions to decarbonize the value chain.
Field-scale trials at the farm will include half pivots of Yara’s TopPotato crop nutrition solution and half pivots of grower standard fertility program, with multiple points of data collection throughout the season to evaluate crop performance related to emergence and early vigor, tuber set, resilience to stress, yield, storage and processing quality.
The video shows the 2022 planting at the Columbia Basin Farm. Keep checking this page for more!
Two 130-acre trials with half pivots of Yara TopPotato program compared to grower standard nutrient management program.
The TopPotato program includes a dynamic nutrient program that is optimized for high potato yield and quality:
This site is a location where we can trial different treatments, technologies, and ideas before scaling up to grower-scale trials. Trials are replicated small plots located in proximity to the incubator farm.
2022 Treatments include a variety of nutrient management programs including: