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‘Game changer’: New potato variety on track to achieve 2 million tubers/ha

A next generation salad potato variety is on track to achieve 2 million tubers per hectare, bringing with it the potential to become a new market leader. according to a report by FarmingUK.

The variety Jacky. developed by Agrico, is said to be on target to produce 2 million tubers per hectare with 65% sized 25-35mm yielding 50tonne/hectare overall.

Paul Coleman revealed the trial data while demonstrating Crop4Sight – an app for managing potato crop yield – during AHDB’s Potato Showcase Week. “Jacky could be a real game changer,” said Mr Coleman, MD at Crop4Sight, “I first saw it as a seedling in some of Greenvale’s trials and realised its potential.”

Jacky is a high-yielding second early potato variety. Bred to consistently produce round tubers below 45mm with pale yellow flesh, it is seen as ideal for the UK’s salad market.

Archie Gibson, executive director at Agrico said “Together with its high blight resistance scores which potentially mean fewer sprays, Jacky has a capacity to be a very profitable crop. If replicated in commercial growing situations, this natural resistance could save growers over £400/ha plus man and machinery hours.”

“With demand outstripping availability of traditional market-leaders e.g. Maris Peer, Jacky is setting a standard that no other variety has got near,” Mr Gibson said.

Source: FarmingUK. Read the full article here

Lukie Pieterse, Editor and Publisher of Potato News Today

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