Breeding, Varieties

Canada: Potatoes put to the test

potatoesFarmers from Delta and throughout B. C., as well as retailers and agricultural industry representatives, were at Reynelda Farms on Westham Island last Wednesday for the annual B. C Potato and Vegetable Growers Association potato variety field trial event. They came to see and judge many new varieties from across North America as well as other parts of the world. Having such names as Alaska Bloom, Agita, Elmo, Texas Norkotah, Allians, Montreal Mozart and Jelly, the spuds of various shapes, sizes and colours had been grown in a section of the farm. There were also spuds that only had identification numbers, potatoes developed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and various breeding programs. The field trial is aimed at introducing new varities farmers might be interested in growing, potatoes that have future market potential. However, cautious farmers carefully examined a variety of factors, including yield and appearance, to determine whether the public would be interested in buying them. More

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