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US: UMaine, Maine Potato Board launch new potato variety

Move over Idaho, Maine is launching a new potato variety called the “Caribou Russet.” The new variety was developed at the University of Maine in the breeding program overseen by Gregory A. Porter, chairman of the university’s Department of Plant, Soil and Environmental Sciences. The new variety has long tubers with lightly russeted skin and white flesh, with yields for U.S. Grade 1 potatoes that averaged 130% of Russet Burbank potatoes in side-by-side trials. U.S. Grade 1 yields have averaged 122% those of the fresh market standard, Russet Norkotah.  Full report

Lukie Pieterse, Editor & Publisher

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