Our seed potato cutting line is about 75 feet long and involves two bulk trucks, two belts, at least one forklift and the seed cutter. It is set up outside due to space requirements and the excessive dust generated while we are handling the unwashed potatoes.
Forklifts dump box after box of whole seed potatoes into a bulk truck. The seed potatoes travel along a small belt into the seed cutter (which is the big blue box in the middle of the video.) Inside the seed cutter they are sorted according to size and cut into pieces about the size of an egg. Once they are cut, they travel up a long belt into another bulk truck. This truck is loaded with almost 14 metric tonnes of cut potatoes and driven to the field where the planter is waiting. It takes about one hour to cut a load of seed to fill the truck, and it takes about half a day to plant the field (if all goes well.)
Be sure to visit our photo gallery for additional pictures about growing potatoes.