New varieties impress the experts
“Because you are not going to want to be eating Nadine after you try Crop 39,” he told a recent field day at Patumahoe. “It’s much more attractive than Nadine and consistently higher yielding. We see it as a highly promising washed, fresh market potato which is more than edible.”
He told growers that Crop 39 is a main crop fresh potato which has been released in this country as suitable for washing, and matures mid-season at a similar time to Desirée. It is slightly flattened and oval-round with shallow eyes and white flesh. It has a bright, attractive skin that can wash up well even if the crop is dug later in the season. While physiological disorders are rare it’s slightly susceptible to bruising so may need extra handling care. It has medium-long dormancy, slightly earlier than Moonlight.
_____________________________________________________________ One of four new potato varieties has so impressed Plant and Food Research scientist John Anderson that he urged growers to make sure they took some home along with some Nadine potatoes.
It is susceptible to both cyst nematode species and slightly susceptible to powdery scab. While it’s also susceptible to late blight, it’s slightly better than the Ilam Hardy variety.
Plant and Food’s John Anderson with some of the Crop 39 potatoes he showed to Pukekohe growers at a field day in midJanuary.