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WA potato researchers seek new fresh pack varieties

February 4, 2014  By Capital Press

February 3, 2014, Kennewick, WA — Researchers in Washington are testing new potatoes to replace the leading fresh pack variety.

The Russet Norkotah is fairly uniform with good yields and economic return, said Rhett Spear, Washington State University research assistant. But it’s also susceptible to Potato Virus Y and to verticillium wilt. The variety has poor flesh colour and flavour after long periods in storage.

Spear expects the Norkotah to remain the top fresh pack variety until researchers can find something that will appeal to growers and consumers. READ MORE



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