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Werner, H.O. (1956) Rate of potato tuber growth on dryland at the Box Butte Experiment Farm (Research Bulletin: Bulletin of the Agricultural Experiment Station of Nebraska No. 181)
Relatively late planting of potatoes, i.e., between June 12 and 25, has become the prevailing practice in the dryland areas of western Nebraska. Late planting distinctly improves the color and type of tubers, and reduces losses due to insects and diseases (especially soil-borne diseases caused by Fusarium and Streptomyces). Growers must decide each year whether the increase in yield and tuber maturity gained by delaying harvest will be offset by the risk of impaired tuber quality due to scab or possible serious field frost damage. Information about the rate at which tubers are developing by various dates is essential for making such important operational decisions.