Athlete

Athlete is an early salad variety with strong blight resistance, good tuber numbers and excellent eating qualities.

Firm to cook with a fresh earthy taste and even size, it produces a lot of small pale yellow skinned tubers with pale yellow flesh colour. The tubers are oval, with shallow eyes. Athlete is slightly susceptible to Common Scab if grown on sandy soils and needs irrigation.

Boasting both Foliage and Tuber Blight resistance, Athlete is very suitable for organic production, requiring low inputs. The dry matter content is quite high giving good cooking and frying quality.

  • Market outlet: salad & organic
  • Blight resistance
  • Excellent eating quality
  • Early maturing
ATHLETE
PRC PLT©Agrico21 UK

Suggested feriliser treatment
Nitrogen: standard advice.

Cultivation
Planting out of the cold store after warming up is recommended.
Athlete has a good primary leaf development.
Foliage is of medium strength and soil coverage is good.

Plant spacing
35/55mm: 25cm (53,000 plants/Ha).

Herbicide sensitivity
Use of Metribuzin (Sencorex) can give some foliar discolouration and yield reduction, so is therefor not recommended.

Storage
Athlete has short dormancy.

Athlete characteristics

Plant and tuber

  • Maturity
    Second early | 7
  • Tuber shape
    Oval
  • Flesh Colour
    Light yellow | 6
  • 5 low | 9 high
    Tuber number
    High | 8
  • 5 small | 8 large
    Tuber size
    Quite large | 7
  • Skin colour
    Yellow
  • Flower colour
    Purple
  • 4 none | 8 many
    No. of berries
    Average | 6
  • 4 slow | 8 fast
    Foliage: - initial development
    Quite fast | 7
  • 4 slow | 8 fast
    Foliage: - final development
    Quite fast | 7
  • Foliage: - selectability
    -
  • 4 weak | 8 firm
    Foliage: - firmness
    Quite firm | 7
  • Lightsprout colour
    -
  • 4 irregular | 8 regular
    Uniformity of shape
    Regular | 7
  • 5 irregular | 8 regular
    Uniformity of size
    Quite regular | 6
  • 3 insufficient | 8 excellent
    Skin finish
    -

Quality characteristics

  • 6 average | 9 high
    Average yield
    Quite high | 7
  • 300 low | 500 high
    Underwater weight
    425
  • A firm | AB rather firm | B rather floury | BC floury | C floury
    Cooking type
    Firm | A
  • 4 short | 8 long
    Dormancy
    Quite short | 5
  • Resistance to harvest damage
    Quite sensitive | 6,5
  • 4 very sensitive | 8 minimum to none sensitive
    Secondary growth
    Minimum to nonsensitive | 8
  • 4 very sensitive | 8 minimum to none sensitive
    Growth cracks
    Sensitive | 5
  • 4 very sensitive | 8 minimum to none sensitive
    Black spot
    Minimum to nonsensitive | 8
  • 17% low | 26,5% high
    Dry matter content
    22.8
  • 5 moderate | 8 excellent
    Dry matter distribution
    -
  • 1 very low | 11 quite high
    TGA level
    -
  • 4 very sensitive | 8 minimum to none sensitive
    Raw discolouration
    Minimum to nonsensitive | 8
  • 4 very sensitive | 8 minimum to none sensitive
    Discolouration after cooking
    Quite sensitive | 6
  • 4 insufficient | 8 excellent
    Suitable for chipping
    Good | 7
  • 4 insufficient | 8 excellent
    Suitable for crisping
    Moderate | 5

Disease resistances

  • Late blight foliage
    Minimum to non susceptible | 9
  • Late blight tuber
    Minimum to non susceptible | 9
  • Common scab
    Very susceptible | 4
  • PCN Ro 1/4
    Resistant | 9
  • PCN Ro 2/3
    Resistant | 9
  • PCN Pa 2 Pallida
    -
  • PCN Pa 3 Pallida
    -
  • Powdery scab
    -
  • Fusarium
    Minimum susceptible | 7
  • Blackleg
    Minimum to non susceptible | 8
  • Black dot
    -
  • Spraing
    -
  • Leafroll
    -
  • A
    -
  • X
    Minimum susceptible | 6
  • Yn
    Minimum susceptible | 6
  • Virus - Yntn (tuber symptoms)
    Susceptible | 5
  • Wart disease F1
    Quite susceptible | 6
  • Wart disease F6
    -
  • Wart disease F18
    -
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