The Smorgasbord: Yukon Nugget

Published online: Aug 29, 2017 Smorgasbord
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This article appears in the September 2017 issue of Potato Grower

In this Smorgasbord, we’ll take a closer look at Yukon Nugget with the help of our good friends at the Potato Variety Management Institute. Yukon Nugget is being touted as a higher-yielding replacement for Yukon Gold.

 

History

  • Developed by the Tri-State Breeding and Research Program, released in 2014
  • PVP applied for in 2014
  • Parentage: PA99P35-1 × Rose Gold

 

Key Attributes

  • High marketable yields with few defects
  • Excellent fresh culinary quality
  • Bright, clear skin and flesh color
  • Medium to early maturity

 

Management

  • Spacing: Growers are encouraged to adjust in-row spacing according to their respective experience with Yukon Gold and the market sizes needed. In-row spacing of 10 inches works well for a harvest date of approximately 110 days after planting.
    • Fertilization: As recommended for Yukon Gold in respective growing area
    • Storability: Medium storage capability with dormancy between 100 and 145 days.   
    • Harvest Conditions: Growers should maintain good soil moisture after vine-kill to promote skin-set.  
  • Resistant to Metribuzin

 

Production

  • Yukon Nugget seed is grown primarily in Idaho. Check www.pvmi.org for a full list of seed growers.