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New Potato Varieties
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Program: Washington State Farm Bureau Report
Date: February 04, 2014

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New Potato Varieties


I’m Lacy Gray with Washington Ag Today.


During the recent Washington Oregon Potato Conference in Kennewick new potato varieties were one of the main topics of discussion by researchers and growers, who are eager to find new varieties that are disease resistant and offer improved yields. Once such new variety is A03158-2TE, which was served at the events potato bar luncheon. Jeanne Debons with the Potato Variety Management Institute, a nonprofit organization that licenses and promotes Tri-State varieties, says that the name designation is a clone name that describes what the father and mother tuber is, but that will change soon.


DEBONS: They’re looking at possibly releasing this variety this December if all goes well. It’s very high yielding, it tastes really good - has very few defects. But they’ll come up with a really good name.


This particular variety is a nice looking long russet potato with a natural resistance to disease and appears to be more efficient with inputs. It also has a unique property.


DEBONS: It’s interesting because in Washington it grows thinner and longer, and in Idaho it grows fatter and more oval. But in both places it gets excellent yields, so we have high hopes for it.


Debons says it can take years to develop new varieties, with researchers examining them for their economic value in comparison to other varieties commonly grown in the Pacific Northwest. Then it has to be determined whether growers and consumers will accept the new varieties. As far as the A03158-2TE variety - everyone agreed at the luncheon that day that it was quite tasty.


That’s Washington Ag Today.


I’m Lacy Gray on the Ag Information Network.


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