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Agrico presented nine new varieties at the variety show

Agrico presented nine new varieties at the variety show

On 10 and 11 November, Agrico held its annual variety and seedling show at Agrico Research in Bant. During the show no fewer than nine new varieties were presented to visitors. Agrico can look back on a successful variety and seedling show.

Jan van Hoogen, General Director at Agrico:
 
"This was special as, after three years, we could finally once again hold a complete variety and seedling show."
New on the variety list

Also, special because growers, strain selectors, growers, buyers, processors and interested parties from all over the world were present, in what for many was also a new place: the new greenhouses of Agrico Research.

From the breeding programme, which mainly focuses on sustainability, this year no fewer than nine new varieties have been added to the Dutch Variety List:
 

Agostino (SW 10-1170)


Agostino (SW 10-1170), bred by Lantmännen Seed. Agostino is a unique, red-skinned Next Generation variety. This variety has beautiful uniformly sized oval tubers with a very nice skin color. Agostino has a good underwater weight.

It is an early maincrop variety and is characterized by its fast initial development and its nice firm foliage. This variety is perfectly suitable for various dishes like mashed potato or delicious roasted potatoes.

Agostino (SW 10-1170)

  • Good storability
  • Good dry matter level
  • Uniform tuber size
 

Armedi (AR 10-2432)


Armedi (AR 10-2432), bred by Agrico Research. Armedi is an early maincrop processing variety with oval long tubers and a good yield, which makes it very suitable for the French fries industry.

Armedi has resistance to pallida and G. rostochiensis, and it has a fantastic frying quality until the end of the season. Armedi is not only suitable for the French fries industry, but because of its beautiful skin, it can also be sold washed and pre-packed.

Armedi (AR 10-2432)

  • Pallida resistant
  • Very good storability
 

Aztec Gold (ARD 10-5206)


Aztec Gold (ARD 10-5206), a specialty bred by Agrico Research. This specialty variety by Agrico provides an excellent culinary experience, with an orange/yellow flesh color, a nice smooth feeling in the mouth and an excellent taste.

This is a late maturing variety, with an average number of tubers per plant. Due to its low sugar content, Aztec Gold is perfect for home French fries or crisps.

Aztec Gold (ARD 10-5206)

  • Orange flesh colour
  • Suitable for different dishes
 

Fyone (PL 11-0111)


Fyone (PL 11-0111), bred by the affiliated Danish breeding company AKV Langholt. This is the third starch variety with strong late blight resistance in our Agrico portfolio. As well as outstanding, strong late blight resistance in tuber and foliage, Fyone also has a high starch yield per hectare, with excellent starch quality.

Fyone is easy to grow, has a strong plant and requires less nitrogen to grow. All in all, Fyone is a low input variety, with high output for farmer and factory.

Fyone (PL 11-0111)

  • High dry matter content
  • High yield
 

Napoleon (AR 10-4637)


Napoleon is a high-yielding maincrop crisping variety with a good dry matter content. It has fast initial development and good final development. The variety has yellow skin with light yellow flesh.

Napoleon (AR 10-4637), bred by Agrico Research. Napoleon excels because of the uniformly sized round oval tubers, excellent frying quality, very good dry matter distribution and very few sugar defects in the final product.

Napoleon (AR 10-4637)

  • Good crisping quality
  • Regular size distribution
 

Nirvana (AR 10-2460)


Nirvana (AR 10-2460), bred by Agrico Research. Nirvana is a Next Generation early maincrop processing variety which is suitable for the French fries industry. The variety attracts attention because of its late blight resistance, yield, high dry matter content and dry matter distribution.

Nirvana is a strong plant with firm foliage. The variety has oval tubers and yellow flesh, with good storability. Nirvana is suitable for conventional and organic cultivation

Nirvana (AR 10-2460)

  • First late blight-resistant variety for French fries
  • Good dormancy, suitable for long-term storage
 

Salvera (SA 10-0054)


Salvera (SA 10-0054), bred by Jan Lucas Spijkman. Salvera is a versatile ware variety suitable for both retail and traditional markets. It has good dry matter content and can be cooked in various ways. This variety has a beautiful overall appearance, with a stable yield and good regularity of tuber shape and size.

The strong plant means it can be grown in tough conditions (e.g. high temperatures). It therefore has good potential not only in Europe, but also in northern Africa or the Middle East. Due to its low waste percentage, Salvera is very attractive for retail packers. Salvera adds value to the whole chain – from farmer to end consumer.

Salvera (SA 10-0054)

  • Nice robust, strong plant
  • Uniformity in shape and size
 

Stacey (SW 11-2363)


Stacey (SW 11-2363), bred by Lantmännen Seed. Stacey has a beautiful red skin, yellow flesh color and is very regular in size. The relatively small tubers are perfect for retail bags of red skin potatoes. Stacey is only slightly susceptible to late blight and has good harvest damage and blackspot tolerance. The culinary quality is very good, with a firm cooking type.

Stacey (SW 11-2363)

  • Oval round, small sized tuber
  • Firm cooking
 

SW 10-8218


SW 10-8218, an as yet unnamed variety, has been bred by Lantmännen Seed. SW 10-8218 is an early main crop, yellow-fleshed, firm cooking retail variety with a broad resistance to G. Pallida and good tuber late blight resistance. SW 10-8218 is characterized by reasonably fast initial development and good final development of the plant.

This variety has oval, uniformly sized tubers. SW 10-8218 has a beautiful yellow skin color after cooking and has good culinary properties.

SW 10-8218

  • Good Pallida resistance
  • Beautiful looking tubers with yellow flesh colour


Spotlight varieties

Each year, Agrico selects a number of varieties that warrant extra attention. These spotlight varieties are young, innovative varieties, that are currently taking the market by storm. This year, Palace and Levante are the spotlight varieties.

Palace is a late-ripening, high yielding processing variety. The variety grows easily under different climate conditions and in different soil types, and therefore performs well under warm and dry conditions, such as in Central and Southern Europe and North Africa. Palace has a great skin, that offers more possibilities in the market than just processing.

Levante is a promising variety for the retail trade and more traditional markets. Levante is a rather firm-cooking variety, has a beautiful, clear skin and is suitable for boiling, mashing and baking. Levante therefore meets the requirements of the modern consumer. This variety is suitable for both conventional and organic growing. The variety is a member of the Next Generation range.

Change

A good example of how Agrico, among others, is working on change is the strategy change for table potatoes.

Van Hoogen:
 
"In ware potatoes we are already moving full steam ahead. There we have shifted from the strategy of continuing to grow in acreage in a shrinking market to focus on growing potatoes for the highest market segment."
Canada, theme land variety and seedling show

Subsidiary Parkland Potato Varieties from Canada is celebrating its 25th anniversary, which is why, this year, Canada was chosen as the theme of the variety and seedling show.

With Parkland Potato Varieties, Agrico has a professional partner that markets potato varieties and introduces new Agrico potato varieties in Canada, the United States and Mexico.
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