Say potato, say Agrico
Diseases and pests significantly influence the stability of the potato yield. Breeding potato varieties that are resistant to diseases such as Late Blight is an important goal of our potato breeding programme at Agrico Research. Our innovative Next Generation varieties with their natural resistance to Late Blight are one of the results of this.
Late Blight is a disease that causes a great deal of damage to global potato crops, either completely destroying or significantly reducing the harvest. However, the growing world population and changing climatic conditions mean that yield security is increasing in importance.
The natural resistances in our Next Generation varieties contribute directly to growers’ yield security by reducing the risk of crop failure.
Until recently, the only way a potato grower could tackle Late Blight was by using crop protection agents. Although these are being used with increasing precision and in a more environmentally friendly manner, Agrico believes that this is not a sustainable solution. This is another reason that Agrico has developed these Late Blight-resistant Next Generation varieties that reduce the need for crop protection products.
For our customers, the Next Generation varieties offer a wide choice when it comes to appearance, flavour and end-use.
The Next Generation varieties are the link between answering the global need for sustainability and increased yield security while maintaining excellent consumption characteristics. This is a good and significant step towards a future in which Late Blight is no longer such a great threat to the potato, and it is the result of the innovative breeding work carried out by Agrico Research.
However, this is not the end of the road for Agrico’s breeding research. As the fungus mutates, and the world climatic conditions continue to change, Agrico will continue its development work and expects in the years ahead to add even more sustainable, Late Blight-resistant varieties to its Next Generation package.
An early maincrop, versatile red skin ware variety with late blight resistance in foliage and tuber, suitable for conventional and organic production.
An early maincrop crisping variety with a good dry matter content, suitable for long term storage and late blight resistance in foliage and tuber.
An early maincrop, multipurpose ware variety with attractive red eyes and late blight resistance in foliage and tuber.
A second early, small size ware variety with a high yield and late blight resistance in foliage and tuber.
An early maincrop high yielding ware variety with a nice yellow skin and late blight resistance in foliage and tuber.
Early yielding ware variety for conventional and organic cultivation with late blight resistance in foliage and tuber.
Our Next generation varieties are an extremely versatile and unique portfolio thanks to their natural resistance. All varieties have late blight resistance, high yield potential, great taste and are suitable for conventional and organic cultivation methods.
They offer the grower the potential to improve margins by reducing routine preventative spraying and saving input costs.
If you would like to know more, please feel free to contact us.