Potatoes require irrigation before planting. However, the soil should be moist rather than wet at planting.
Make a furrow about 20cm deep, apply fertilizer into the furrow, and plant the tubers. Close the furrow and irrigate lightly.
For potatoes grown under irrigation, the inter-row spacing should be between 75cm and 100cm, depending on the size of the tractor and the setting of the implements used. Without irrigation, the spacing between rows should be at least 1,25m.
The space between seed tubers in the row depends on the size of the tubers used. Small seed (‘chats’) should be spaced 15cm apart and medium-sized seed (80g to 100g each) should be spaced 30cm apart.
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