A look at good sprouting practice for potato growers.

For those planning to plant early potatoes in March, RTÉ's farming programme 'On the Land' advises farmers to remove diseased and rotten tubers prior to sprouting as

Diseased seed may give rise to blanks in the drills, resulting in lower yields.

Early potato grower John Ahearn has converted on of his farm buildings to create a sprouting house which contains

An evenly distributed source of light which leads to uniform sprouting.

This episode of 'On the Land' was broadcast on 7 March 1965. The reporter is Patrick Jennings.