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TasCowboy 363337 71 Potato Harvesting either
Potato Harvesting
John Deere 4440 FWA 4wd Tractor (with row crop duals) & Hilder ATR twin row potato harvester, Perth, Tasmania 1988.

This outfit belonged to a local contractor & was his first season in the potato industry as a contractor & grower. This crop was sharefarmed with a local farmer.

The season had been particularly difficult due to wet conditions.

Sorry for the qulaity of the shots but they are 19 years old :-)

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Another shot from outside the paddock, showing the tractor & harvester and a trailer loaded with potatoes. It was quite late in the season & the crop had already started to regrow again, causing alot of problems for the harvesting crew!
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Hello Cowboy,
Asking about, using Grimme potato harvesters are the australian farmers?
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Hello Metlaki,

Yes Grimme would probably be the most popular brand here. Wuhlmaus used to be popular but since they have changed names, you dont tend to see many oof them about (maybe the dealer network changed, I am not sure). There used to be some Hagedorn (not sure if the spelling is wrong or not) machines going back a few years & some Kverneland Faun machines but Grimme are in the majority now.

The machine in the first pic is a Hilder, made here in Australia. I think that they went bankrupt a few years back & closed down.

Cheers :-)
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Ok. It's my Grimme HL 750 potato harvester. Very good machine, though not too young. In Hungary the price of potato too cheap, and don't good investment the new machine. :-(
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The price is not too good here either my friend.

Many more farmers here are turning to contractors, to do their potato planting & harvesting, so that they dont have money tied up in expensive gear that they only use for a short period of the year.
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Yes, we harvest do many potato field in my village and the countryside. We don't have potato field any more, only we harvest do as a contractor. :-)
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Ok, you probably are better off that way, maybe better off than the farmers who grow the potatoes? :-D
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Yes , though the price of potato little bit rise in this year. But also the fuel price rise too high. :-(
But to us must work also in this way.. go a head the way.
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Yes, the fuel price goes up, fertilizer & crop protection chemicals go up, it gets harder to be profitable in growing crops each season unfortunately :-[
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How much the price of potato by the farmers in Australia?Pls.in USA dollar.
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Potatoes for processing into french fries (which is the majority of our crops here in Tas) $200 - $230 AUS per tonne ( 1 x AUST $ = approx $0.75 US), so $150 - $172 US per tonne.

Growers need 18 tons / acre (45 tonnes / ha) to break even (If they lease the ground, probably more like 20 tons / acre or 50 tonnes / hectare)
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TascowGay: they haven't asked you anything
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In my country the not too high the average crop of the potato, just 25-30 tonnes/ ha, but only the wit the watering. On my land is sand -soil. The potato what we produce very good quality but not too much grow on one ha.
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Metlaki, here it would not be economical to grow without irrigation. Dryland crops would not reach break even.

On good soils, with irrigation & A1 management yields of up to 30 tons / acre (75 tonnes / hectare) are possible. The average would be close to 20 tons /acre (50 tonnes / ha)
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Ok . thanks the info.
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No worries Metlaki, anytime :-)
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