Each year the company grades and stands in excess of 1 million seed potatoes with more that are graded and kept in cold stores for machine planting.
The seed that was harvested in July was put in stores for the summer. It naturally throws a dominant shoot.
It is this shoot that the workers knock off before grading the seed into different sizes, and this will result in each potato producing multiple shoots that are then trained over the winter with lights and fans.
The stood seed is put in stacks by size, so that when taken out of the sheds in the New Year that individual fields will be planted with the same size seed, thus ensuring uniformity.