Potatoes are root crops. In Farming Simulator 19 they have a very high yield of nearly 100,000 liters per hectare. In addition, they require the use of special machines that are not among the cheapest and capacious trailers, so these are not the plants you should be growing at the beginning of the game. This chapter describes the cultivation process and the machines available for these plant species. Both plants require a ploughed field before planting. You don't store potatoes and beets in silos, but on the ground, preferably under the shed. Loading is done by using the belt system.
Potatoes are planted with a special planter, which can be found in the Potato growing technology tab: Gimme GL 420 or GL 860 Comacta. The first model is smaller and does not fertilize the field during planting. These planters are quite slow. You will fill them up traditionally: from the seed pallet purchased in the shop. You fill the next batch by pouring potatoes from the previous harvest into the planter.
Potatoes are harvested in one of two ways: use combine harvesters attached to the tractor: : Grimme SE 260 or ROPA Keiler 2. Avoid the first mentioned model! It also needs a front cover to work: Grimme KS 75-4. Because the width of the overlap - which is used to cut the protruding parts of the potato - is wider than the harvester, workers tend to avoid the potato stripes. The ROPA harvester does not need a front cover attachment.
Another option to harvest potatoes is to use a self-propelled combine harvester: Grimme Varitron 470 Platinum Terra Trac that can be found in the Vehicles section. The vehicle does not need to use the tractor to work and has twice the harvesting area and more than twice the speed (but the same storage capacity). If you are going to invest in potatoes, this is the best and obligatory item on the shopping list.