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Research Project: Potato Genetic Improvement for Western U.S. Production

Location: Small Grains and Potato Germplasm Research

Title: Variety selection and management

item STARK, JEFF - University Of Idaho
item THOMPSON, SUSIE - North Dakota State University
item Novy, Richard - Rich
item LOVE, STEVE - University Of Idaho

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/18/2020
Publication Date: 5/5/2020
Citation: Stark, J., Thompson, S., Novy, R.G., Love, S. 2020. Variety selection and management. In: Stark, J.C., Thornton, M., Nolte, P., editors. Potato Production Systems. 2nd edition. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature. p. 35-64.

Interpretive Summary: This book chapter provides the potato industry with background and information for decision-making in selecting a potato variety among 22 varieties that are currently available on the market. For each of the 22 varieties, information is provided on parentage, developers of the variety, status of Plant Variety Protection, morphological characteristics of plant and tuber, incentives for production, agronomic characteristics including strengths and weaknesses, and production and storage management guidelines. In selecting a variety to be grown, one must consider whether the market exists for the variety, whether it will perform as intended for the grower, and if sufficient information is available for successful management of the variety.

Technical Abstract: Selecting a potato variety to grow and successfully market has become more complex in recent years, as the number and range of market types and acceptable attributes has greatly increased. Changing consumer preferences have also been a significant driving force behind this change, resulting in a much more colorful market produce section than in the past. Descriptions are provided for some of the major varieties grown in North America, along with their morphological and agronomic characteristics, incentives for production, strengths and weaknesses, and key management considerations. Although variety acceptance in the marketplace is a dynamic process, many of these varieties have remained and will likely remain in commerce for years to come.