The Smorgasbord: Echo Russet

Published online: Nov 05, 2018 Seed Potatoes, Smorgasbord
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This article appears in the November 2018 issue of Potato Grower.

With help from our friends at the Northwest Potato Variety Development Program and Potato Variety Management Institute, we take a look at Echo russet, a high-yielding, long, medium- to late-season russet with cold sweetening resistance and excellent processing qualities. It is suitable for both the fresh and processing markets.

For a list of seed growers of Echo Russet, visit www.pvmi.org.

Strengths

  • High U.S. No. 1 tuber yield
  • Cold sweetening resistance
  • High specific gravity
  • Good culinary quality
  • Moderate dormancy

Disease Ratings

  • PVY: tolerant
  • Potato leaf roll virus: resistant
  • Potato mop-top virus: resistant
  • Erwinia soft rot: resistant
  • Fusarium dry rot: resistant
  • Early dying: moderately resistant
  • Common scab: moderately resistant
  • Net necrosis: moderately resistant
  • Foliar and tuber late blight: moderately resistant