Storage Equipment & Chemicals Buyers' Guide

Published online: Sep 15, 2021 Articles, New Products, Potato Storage
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This buyers' guide appears in the September 2021 issue of Potato Grower.

Well, your little potatoes are all grown up now and ready to leave the field. Over the coming months, we hope they will fulfill their collective destiny, ultimately making their way to consumers’ plates. To help ensure your potatoes are comfortable and safe until the day they become delectable delicacies, we present to you this storage equipment buyers’ guide, with many of the industry’s leading innovations for making sure your crop leaves storage looking as good as it did coming in.

Teton West of Idaho

(208) 356-7979

Teton West Construction Solutions

Teton West of Idaho is eastern Idaho’s leading builder of commercial and agricultural steel buildings and is experienced in pre-engineered, structural, archwall and all other categories of steel construction. Teton West helps owners achieve their vision by managing and performing all the needed phases of construction, from pre-construction to cleanup. With nearly 50 years of construction experience, excellent work in a timely manner is an expectation.

Teton West of Idaho prides itself on working consistently to bring its customers the highest quality product available by staying current with the most effective building methods and industry tools that make construction an exciting and mutually beneficial process. Teton West’s job is to effectively coordinate with material suppliers, subcontractors, design professionals and owners to deliver an unbeatable product so that owners go home knowing that their best interests are Teton West’s top priority.

Idaho Hydro Tech

(800) 656-2281


Silver scurf, black dot, and Fusarium are molds, and all molds spread through the air by sending mold spores airborne. Potato growers’ storages have ventilation systems designed to circulate lots of air, and circulating air spreads these mold diseases.

State-funded university research and more than eight years of success in storages across North America have proven that Humigation reliably removes mold spores from the air, and Humigators are the only air cleaners specifically optimized for potato storage. With no filters to change, Humigators run nearly maintenance-free for years. The spread of these diseases can be stopped by cleaning the mold spores out of the air as it is circulated.

IHT offers a complete line of Humigators for all storage sizes.

1,4GROUP, Inc.

(208) 877-9766


Sprout and peep control, pressure bruising and shrink are quality issues that storage managers face every year. Incorporating 1,4SIGHT into your storage treatment plan can provide unprecedented success in managing these common storage challenges.

1,4SIGHT can be used as a standalone product or to supplement your CIPC sprout control regimen. It works internally to delay sprouting activity, whereas CIPC works externally to prevent peeps from sprouting. Together, they extend dormancy while controlling sprouts. 1,4SIGHT penetrates through the potato skin to restore its dormancy. Dormancy lowers the respiration rate, slowing the loss of moisture and solids, thereby diminishing shrink and susceptibility to pressure bruise. Restoring dormancy may also shorten the post-harvest “sweat period.” Maintaining dormancy helps retain potato firmness, resulting in fresher-appearing potatoes and fewer load downgrades.

BTU Ventilation

(888) 884-8070

BTU Ventilation Systems

BTU Ventilation offers the engineering expertise to design storage facilities, along with incorporating BTU ventilation systems to meet specific needs for different operations. BTU offers growers the state-of-the-art systems with features that will maximize a crop’s quality from post-harvest storage to market delivery.

BTU systems can be implemented as upgrades to existing storages or as part of a new storage construction. In either case, BTU provides engineering management to assure that a grower’s investment provides the best return season after season. 

Steel Vision Construction, Inc.

(208) 745-1105

Behlen Curvet Potato Storage

Steel Vision Construction and Behlen Building Systems have partnered for over 20 years to provide potato and onion storage buildings for growers in Idaho and surrounding states. Steel Vision utilizes the Behlen “Curvet” storage system in widths of 51, 60 and 68 feet. 

Steel Vision and Behlen both live by the motto, “Good Iron, Great Experience,” and the Curvet is a testament of that commitment. It a great economical solution for your storage needs. 

Gellert Company


Gellert Post-Harvest Solutions

When it comes to post-harvest storage, Gellert has the expertise and equipment to help growers minimize storage challenges and maximize product quality. With Gellert’s proprietary equipment, growers can rest assured their storage environment has the most efficient and effective ventilation, humidification and refrigeration for their potato crop.

Gellert has been through a lot with the agriculture industry over the past 60 years and is prepared to continue bringing new technology, state-of-the-art products and enhanced storage design solutions to help the industry thrive.

Agri-Star Control Panel

Gellert storage equipment runs smoothly with the proprietary Agri-Star panel. With the user-friendly interface, the Gellert App and multiple design options, Agri-Star panel has become a favorite in post-harvest storage. The panel can also be adapted for industry-specific needs such as burners for onion growers and irrigation systems for greenhouses or nurseries. The reporting capabilities and graphs give growers the data they need to make storage trend decisions and keep their environment working at optimum performance.

Agri-Stor Companies

Twin Falls, Idaho (208) 733-7000

Warden, Wash. (509) 349-7000

Monte Vista, Colo. (719) 850-7783

Blackfoot, Idaho (208) 785-7000 

Post-Harvest Crop Protection

Agri-Stor provides crop protection from the field, through storage, and all the way to the fresh market or processor. Agri-Stor carries a full line of organic products markets as well. From disinfectants to sprout control, Agri-Stor has the quality products and the application expertise to handle a wide variety of crop protection solutions. In addition to crop protection, Agri-Stor provides all ventilation, refrigeration and humidification for potato storages, including climate controls.


SmartBlock is a post-harvest sprout inhibitor that effectively achieves extended sprout control in stored potatoes, made from a naturally occurring molecule commonly found in foods such as yogurt and mushrooms. SmartBlock has been FDA-approved as a direct food additive and has no effect on finish, color, sugar levels, taste, texture or cooking quality.

Agri-Stor will apply SmartBlock directly into potato storages using commercial thermal application equipment. Its patented technology works effectively alone, or combined with other sprout inhibitor products, to burn off peeping or fully sprouted tubers and restore dormancy. Depending on storage temperature, one SmartBlock application can have ongoing sprout control for up to three months.

Disinfecting Services, LLC

(208) 356-5332

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Disinfecting Services is a company specializing in post-harvest applications on stored potatoes and cleaning and disinfecting potato storages to keep them up to GAP standards. Disinfecting Services also offers plenum pipe straightening, cleaning and disinfecting, humidification system flushes, AC coil washing, piler applicator cleaning, and thermal fogging. 

Disinfecting Services has its own line of post-harvest chemical products, including:

  • Harvest 6.0, one of the strongest disinfectants labeled for potatoes;
  • Bio Ultra, a high-foaming detergent designed to penetrate into heavily contaminated surfaces and break down contaminants from storage walls;
  • Growers’ Shield, a soil treatment when combined with Harvest 6.0 that moves deeper into the surface to disinfect floors; and
  • Cell Guard, a product used to improve airflow by cleaning and maintaining open-air passages in humidification systems, increasing the life of the media.