Breeding, North America, Varieties

New potato varieties named in celebration of Canada 150

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada potato breeder Dr. Benoit BizimunguTwo Canadian potato companies are celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday by giving newly licensed yellow fleshed potato varieties developed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) a link to Canada. The new potatoes – called AAC Confederation and AAC Canada Gold-Dorée – were recently named by Progest 2001 Inc. based out of Sainte-Croix, Quebec, and Canadian Eastern Seed Growers Inc. based out of New Brunswick, respectively. Both company presidents are really excited about the commercial potential these potatoes possess and feel they could rival the popular Yukon Gold variety. AAFC potato breeder Dr. Benoit Bizimungu couldn’t agree more and describes both potatoes as having good yield and disease resistance profiles that makes them more profitable to produce and can be considered an improvement on Yukon Gold. Each year under the Accelerated Release ProgramAAFC releases 10 to 15 potato selections during a special Potato Release Open House for industry to consider. These potatoes provide options to best meet the needs of Canadian consumers and producers. More

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