Potato Variety Trials (2005) - 3 pages
The growing conditions in 2005 were generally favourable for potatoes. Yields were well above average except where the damage occurred due to late-season flooding. Specific gravities were about average. Scab ratings are trending down - reflecting the change over a less scab infested test site in 2003.
Noteworthy new varieties
Gemstar - this new release out of the Pacific Northwest appears to have excellent yield potential at 120 days. A large average tuber size and high specific gravity at maturity makes Gemstar well-suited for processing.
AC Pacific Russet - this new release from the Prairie Potato Breeding Consortium again produced exceptionally good yields at the 90-day harvest. This variety is targeted at the fresh market.
AC Peregrine Red - another release from the Prairie Potato Breeding Consortium, AC Peregrine continues to show exceptional yield potential, red skin colour and quality if grown to maturity (120 days).