New va­ri­eties im­press the ex­perts

NZ Grower - - PRODUCT GROUPS - By Glenys Chris­tian

“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.

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