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Sep 8, 2010

K+S KALI GmbH at PotatoEurope 2010: Conference Programme: Premium Potato Quality Due to Balanced Fertilisation

K+S KALI GmbH, Kassel, supports PotatoEurope, the international fair held at the Bockerode manor, near Hanover, 8 – 9 September 2010, also by offering a range of interesting contributions to the conference programme. A series of lectures on potato quality standards and on meeting these requirements with plant nutrients was held on Wednesday, 8 September 2010, in the conference marquee.


The profitability of potato cultivation is determined by yield and by quality. These two factors are decisively influenced by the natural location, and by optimally employing all available plant cultivation instruments, such as selecting the appropriate variety in accordance with the intended use, soil cultivation, plant protection and fertilisation. Among these factors, fertilisation is extremely important, as potatoes range among the high nutrient-demanding crops and may be improved considerably by proper nutrient supply.

Of all nutrients required, potassium is the most important one in terms of plant uptake. This nutrient is decisive for quality and yield. Potassium, magnesium and sulphur make up the foundation for quality, yield and storability of potatoes. Dr. Norbert U. Haase, a scientist affiliated with the Detmold Max-Rubener-Institut, highlighted the connections between fertilisation and process potato quality.


Fertilisation that is appropriately adapted to the intended yield and use will positively influence a number of quality characteristics; these include starch content, susceptibility to bruising, black spots or organic acid content. Prof. Dr. Jóska Gerendás, application consultant of K+S KALI GmbH, explained the physiological influence of nutrients on selected quality parameters.


Practical implementation of scientific findings was the topic of a presentation by Reinhard Elfrich, regional consultant of K+S KALI GmbH. The K+S KALI GmbH fertilisation strategies aim at achieving an optimal quality profile, matching the intended utilisation. These characteristics also include plant resilience and storability of the spuds.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Gransee, Reinhard Elfrich, Prof. Dr. Jóska Gerendás and Dr. Norbert U. Haase (Photo: K+S KALI GmbH)

Directly following their presentation, the speakers were available for questions from the audience, and discussed an interesting selection of ideas and problems. Prof. Dr. Andreas Gransee, head of the K+S KALI GmbH application consultancy, facilitated the event.


Experts on potassium and magnesium

Based on extensive and world-wide field-trials, K+S KALI GmbH is continuously improving the quality of its application consultancy, helping agriculturists all over the world to achieve maximum yields and premium quality, in combination with efficient fertilisation.




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