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equate to a savings of 18 million gallons
of water per rainfall event, " Pavelski said.
Heartland also has seen savings
in water use by using low-pressure
" Just 10 years ago, most systems were
high pressure, " Pavelski said. " Water
was delivered at 70-80 psi (pounds
per square inch), plus it would take a
100-horsepower motor to put enough
water out there for a quarter section at
1,000 gallons a minute. Now we've gone
to low pressure, and we're doing that
with 50 horsepower or less.
" When you add a variable rate drive
to that system, we've got our energy
consumption down to 30% to 35% of
what it was 10 years ago. "
Moreover, new multispectral and
hyperspectral cameras, flown over
fields using drones, can spot potato leaf
blight up to three to four days before
the disease is visible to the human eye.
This lets Heartland personnel react
to the disease before it takes over an
The Pavelski family founded Heartland Farms in 1873 in Hancock, Wisconsin.
entire field. That lets workers spot treat
the disease, reducing chemical use and
improving its effectiveness.
One of the benefits of exploring
technology is that judicious use in one
area can turn up benefits in others. For
example, more efficient water use can
do more than just reduce input costs. It
can also reduce both soil erosion and the
application of treatments, Pavelksi said.
" We work hard to build up our soil -
one of our most precious natural
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Table of Contents
Connecting the dots
Potatoes USA: Where do chips and fries fit?
National Potato Council: Setting sights on Japan
Idaho Potato Commission: Positive impacts
Potato Sustainability Alliance: Water stewardship
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Spudman May/June 2023 - Editor's Letter
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Spudman May/June 2023 - Table of Contents
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Spudman May/June 2023 - Heartland farms
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Spudman May/June 2023 - Growing uncertainty
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Spudman May/June 2023 - Connecting the dots
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Spudman May/June 2023 - Potatoes USA: Where do chips and fries fit?
Spudman May/June 2023 - National Potato Council: Setting sights on Japan
Spudman May/June 2023 - Idaho Potato Commission: Positive impacts
Spudman May/June 2023 - Potato Sustainability Alliance: Water stewardship
Spudman May/June 2023 - Advertiser Index
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