A new potato store is saving huge amounts of time and cost for a the Poortvliet farming family in Norfolk, UK. The Poortvliets, who farm at Bannington Hall Farm, Aylsham, previously had to transport their crops several miles by road to a rented store at Dudwick.
That was a lengthy round trip, which has been replaced by one that takes less than a minute because the new store is adjacent to some of the potato-growing fields. On a 900-acre owned farm, they cultivate 150 acres of corn and soybeans, as well as a variety of other arable crops, to which they add other land kept on contracts. One third of their crops go for chip making, the other two thirds are going into the pre-pack trade.
Their new store is a PosiStor from Crop Systems Limited, fitted with the company’s SmartStor controller, and one of the first to feature a glycol fridge.
It has opened up new business opportunities for them, says Bruce Poortvliet: “Five years ago when we started growing potatoes we lifted them and sold them straight off the field. Then we started renting storage at Dudwick which was expensive. Getting to and from the store was increasingly time consuming”.
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