The Smorgasbord: Reveille Russet

Published online: Oct 29, 2016 Seed Potatoes, Smorgasbord
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This article appears in the November 2016 issue of Potato Grower.

This month’s Smorgasbord takes a look at Reveille Russet, a uniform, medium-early, high pack-out fresh market russet,with wide adaptability. Reveille Russet was developed by the Texas Potato Breeding and Variety Development Program. The program director is J. Creighton Miller, Jr., and research associates are Douglas Scheuring and Jeffrey Koym.

The name “Reveille” (a signal to rise) reflects the variety’s earliness and is also the name of Texas A&M University’s famous collie mascot.

 

Parentage

  • Bannock Russet × A8343-12

 

History

  • Cross  made by USDA-ARS’s Joe Pavek in Aberdeen, Idaho, and selected and developed by Creighton Miller at Texas A&M University
  • PVP- issued in 2015

 

Key Attributes

  • Wide adaptability
  • Excellent culinary qualities
  • Attractive oblong tubers with excellent size profile and shape and  medium russeting
  • High percentage of U.S. No. 1 tubers, particularly in the 6- to 10-ounce and 10- to 18-ounce classes
  • Tends to produce fewer culls than Russet Norkotah
  • Tends to wound-heal a light brown color upon skinning at harvest
  • Resistant to hollow heart, second growth and blackspot bruise
  • White flesh with a low incidence of internal defects
  • Good disease expression

 

Management

  • Typically requires 160 to 200 pounds of nitrogen, depending on carryover and soil type
  • Skin set three to four weeks after vine kill
  • Not sensitive to Metribuzin
  • Medium dormancy; stores better than Russet Norkotah