Russet Norkotah


Russet Norkotah
Variety Name: Russet NorkotahRights Holder | Breeder: NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITYCountry of Origin: United States United StatesYear of of introduction: 1987

Russet Norkotah is an early to medium maturing (95-110 days from planting), determinate potato variety. Some key management characteristics are: medium-sized upright vine resulting in about 85% row closure, poor drought tolerance due to a small root system, and tendency to oversize.

Plant Characteristics

  • Growth Type - determinate, growth abruptly stops at flowering, hail sensitive with little to no re-growth.
  • Maturity - early to medium
  • Emergence - rapid, sensitive to cold soil at planting.
  • Dormancy - medium, 3-4 months.
  • Eyes - many, well-distributed, shallow.
  • Vine - small-medium, upright.
  • Leaves - open, average-sized, medium green.
  • Flowers - few, small and white.
  • Tubers - oblong to long, well-shaped. (most marketable quality)
  • Set - light to medium (8-12), high on hill. (greens easily with oversizing)
  • Yield - potential for over 400 cwt/acre, slightly better than Norgold Russet under good conditions.(Table 2)
  • Gravity - low to medium (1.075-80).
  • Sugars - medium (fry only out of field).
  • Storage - short-term, market by mid-March.
  • Bruising - dehydrates in storage resulting in blackspot and pressure bruises.
  • External Defects - none (# 1 strength for fresh market)
  • Internal Defects - occasional hollow heart (oversizing)
  • Disease Susceptibility - all common viruses, early dying, black dot, both blights, blackleg/soft rot, dry rot, pink rot, leak, seedpiece decay, silver scurf.
  • Disease Resistance - common scab.
  • Insect Attractiveness - aphids.
  • Weed Control - competes poorly with weeds, herbicide use needed.
  • Herbicide Sensitivity - none, very resistant to metribuzin.

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