The Smorgasbord: Hodag

Published online: Apr 27, 2017 Seed Potatoes, Smorgasbord Felix Navarro, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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For years, chipping potato growers and researchers have sought varieties with common scab resistance. Hodag, a new variety developed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, combines high-yielding capacity with long-storage cold chipping ability. Hodag’s potential has been established by several years of data in Wisconsin and out-of-state breeding and variety development trials.

Many thanks go to Felix Navarro at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for information on this exciting new variety.

 

Parentage

Pike × Dakota Pearl

 

Key Attributes

  • High yield and round tubers with shallow eyes
  • Common scab resistance
  • Good tolerance to Verticillium wilt
  • Long storage and cold chipping ability
  • Specific gravity consistently over 1.80, similar to Snowden
  • Low internal defects
  • Size similar to Atlantic by mid-August in Wisconsin
  • Skin set and quality similar to Snowden; may help storability
  • Fast plant canopy development

 

Management

  • Monitor tuber size development
  • Hodag tends to grow large tubers in late harvests if spacing is 12 inches. Tighter spacing and moderate nitrogen rates may help modulate Hodag tuber growth.
  • Manage to avoid large tubers that may increase hollow heart percentage
  • See Wisconsin Certified Seed directory for seed availability