The quality of potatoes varies per growing season. It is, after all, a natural product! During the production process, many parameters can be adjusted, so even when the crop has been exposed to extreme weather conditions, Aviko can guarantee a final product of exceptional quality.
In a year with sufficiently moist growing conditions during planting, the number of tubers formed will be higher than average. If the crop then matures early, the tubers can remain very small which is favourable for products such as wedges and sliced potatoes.
Long, large tubers
If, during the planting period, the weather is dry, the number of tubers can diminish, resulting in fewer healthy tubers. When the growing conditions improve after an initial drought, the remaining tubers are able to grow long and large resulting in potatoes perfect for producing premium fries.
Dry matter content
In a year with excessive rain and little sunshine, particularly in the latter part of the growing season, the average dry matter content will be very low. Too much moisture evaporates in the production process, leaving very little potato. This means the yield of that crop is low and also affects the texture of the final product.
High starch content
High starch content is the result of a very sunny growing season. When the tubers contain too much starch and the soil's potassium supply is moderate, potatoes become sensitive to bruising. This can result in a high number of defects and can ultimately lead to problems with the final product, including a shorter shelf life. The quality of the final product also deteriorates faster and the sprouting dormancy is difficult to retain.