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Leaf Flowers Plant
Sprout Tuber Sliced tuber

General

  • Origin & Breeding: bred by North Dakota State University in 1953 from (Redskin x Nordack) and selected at the Langdon Branch Station, North Dakota in 1954.
  • Year registered in Canada: 1967
  • Registration number: 1086
  • Maturity: mid-season

Botanical Features

  • Plants: medium-sized, upright; stems thick; nodes not swollen; wings not prominent.
  • Leaves: open, slightly pubescent; midribs slightly pubescent.
    Terminal leaflets: ovate; apex acute; base asymmetrical.
    Primary leaflets: ovate, four to five pairs.
    Secondary and tertiary leaflets: few.
  • Flowers: light pink corolla;é slightly pubescent green buds.
  • Tubers: round to oblong; smooth red skin; shallow eyes; very white flesh.
  • Sprouts: reddish purple.

Agricultural Features

High yielding, tubers size early. Close spacing (16 to 20 cm) and proper timing of planting, vine killing and harvesting is needed to control second growth and the production of oversized and rough tubers. Drought resistant, tolerant to adverse weather conditions.

NOTE: has the potential to develop a good crop in 85 days.

  • Utilization: excellent for boiling, good for baking, unsuitable for chipping.
  • Chief Market: early fresh market; export seed to Cuba

Reaction to Diseases

Moderately resistant: common scab.
Susceptible: black leg, fusarium dry rot, late blight, leaf roll, verticillium wilt, viruses X and Y.

References: 1, 6.

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