Potato Cultivars – Colorado specializes in the right cultivar for the right situation!
An internationally successful potato breeding program is located in the San Luis Valley, Colorado. This program provides buyers with the most advanced clonal selections available. Several new cultivars have been developed for the fresh and processing industries which are widely grown in the west and many other parts of North America. Recently, emphasis has been placed on developing specific traits in new cultivars including better flavor, high vitamin and antioxidant content, and great horticultural characteristics. Much work has been accomplished on developing specialty cultivars with colored flesh and russets that have specific characteristics for individual needs such as earliness, appearance, and disease resistance. Grower screening of new clones prior to their release and naming helps to assure industry acceptance. CSU has one of its premier research Centers located in the San Luis Valley, the SLV Research Center, with four scientists located on site. These scientists provide seed growers with feedback and data on seed stocks. Additionally, the Colorado Potato Certification Program is located at the same site. This innovative approach coupled with CSU Research and Extension personnel helps Colorado lead in growing the appropriate cultivars that closely fit the buyer’s needs.
Top 20 Colorado cultivars (part of 125+ cultivars grown in 2012):
|^Rio Grande Russet||1,171|
|^Russet Norkotah Selection 3||1,039|
|Russet Norkotah Selections 296||659|
|^Russet Norkotah Selection 8||309|
|Russet Norkotah Selection 223||233|
|Russet Norkotah Selection 112||180|
^Colorado cultivars either under Federal PVP or to be applied for Federal PVP. Of the top 20 cultivars produced as certified seed in Colorado all but Centennial Russet, LaRatte, Yukon Gold and Atlantic are under Federal PVP.