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Europlant presents 'low input' potato varieties

Europlant enters 17 potato varieties in its low input program.

Europlant presents potato varieties with high nutrient efficiency. The high-yielding and high-quality special varieties for low input production protect the environment and save costs. The rising energy prices of recent months are also leading to significantly increased costs in potato production.

The energy-intensive production of nitrogen fertilizers in particular is increasingly burdening the prices for mineral fertilizers. This does not remain without effect on potato production.

However, not only rising costs but also increasing demands from the side of environmental and groundwater protection are leading to calls for higher nutrient efficiency and a wide ecological spread of modern varieties.

Europlant is meeting these requirements as part of its Grow green sustainability offensive. For many years now, the focus of their variety development has been on improving natural resistance to potato diseases and pests, increasing resilience to environmental factors, and enhancing cultivation efficiency combined with stable varietal characteristics in terms of taste and appearance.

Jörg Eggers, Managing Director of Europlant Pflanzenzucht GmbH:
"By cultivating of our innovative varieties, plant cultivation measures can be reduced. This protects the environment and the farmer's wallet."
Currently, 17 potato varieties are assigned to the low input program.

Jörg Eggers:
"We distinguish between two groups: potato varieties of the Premium category require 12.5 % less nitrogen fertilizer, in the Gold category it is even 25 %."
The Premium varieties include, for example, the mainly firm cooking Danina, the firm cooking Simonetta (variety of the year 2021/2022), and the floury cooking Karelia. Omega and Rumba as processing varieties also have a nitrogen fertilizer requirement reduced by 12.5 %.

The mainly firm cooking varieties Coronada, Floridana, and Jelly as well as Annalena, Bernina, and Torenia from the firm cooking segment are assigned to the GOLD category.