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Chemical and/or mechanical vine desiccation practices

Tubers naturally mature as the plant senesces. With the improved production methods, potato vines remain healthy and green longer into the season. It is argued that for proper tuber maturity at harvest, vine desiccation is necessary.

Vine killing benefits tuber appearance, limits tuber size, improves tuber release from the vine at harvest, reduces tuber skinning and can lower crop susceptibility to shatter.

Some additional benefits include harvest timing, tuber ripening, tuber size management, disease management, and improved storage life.