Muscatine Island Farm

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The trial was designed to compare and evaluate thirteen potato cultivars for their production capabilities and fresh market potential. This trial emphasized cultivars that would appeal to specialty markets with half of them having yellow flesh. Regional potato trials can be important since potatoes are very sensitive to their growing environment and not all cultivars are adapted to Iowa. A prominent example is Russet Burbank, which when grown in our warm sandy soils produces mostly knobby deformed tubers, even when irrigated. On the other hand,Russet Norkotah will produce a large yield of attractive tubers right next to it growing under the same conditions. Thus, cultivar selection is very important for growers trying to market quality product. This report identifies several cultivars having distinctive characteristics making them suitable for fresh marketing and it also reveals a few not adapted to this region.

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Iowa State University



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