Trostberg. The Bavarian Potato Queen Kathrin Schoderer paid a visit to the agricultural division of AlzChem on March 19. The 25-year-old was crowned the 37th Bavarian Potato Queen in July 2014. As the ambassador for the Bavarian potato she undertakes around 100 appointments during the year as part of her mission to promote the local and regional spud varieties. The information technology specialist works at a major potato production business in Lampertshofen near Schrobenhausen, which is therefore situated right at the heart of the most important potato growing area in Bavaria. Lampertshofen is where the AlzChem application support team traditionally holds its annual information evening which is aimed at keeping farmers updated on the best way to use calcium cyanamide in potato production. So it was high time for the potato Queen to respond with a visit of her own to Chiemgau!
During a discussion with Hans-Juergen Klasse, head of application support at AlzChem, her Royal Majesty learned that the use of calcium cyanamide as a fertilizer in potato production has been increasing significantly the past few years. This is because calcium cyanamide promotes the health of the potato crop and improves the quality of the tubers. Research currently underway at the Munich technical University has confirmed that potatoes fertilized with calcium cyanamide are less likely to be afflicted with (septoria) leaf blotch. Moreover, the dreaded wireworm can to a certain extent be prevented by using calcium cyanamide as a fertilizer. The charming ambassador for the Bavarian potato made her way back home with a raft of insights and a good deal of new information under her belt.