Markies

Markies is a maincrop variety with excellent long term storability.

  • Market outlet: chipping, crisping, processing & table
  • Long term storability
  • Stable fry quality
  • Suitable for multiple markets
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“At A D Brain & Son Markies has commanded a good percentage of our overall seed area for a number of years now. This is driven by its good variety characteristics. Its virus resistance, stable storage and consistent tuber numbers combined with saleable yields to name a few. Together with our great working relationship with Agrico UK to sell our Markies seed to its multi sector markets, makes total sense for our business.”
   – Jason Brain, A D Brain & Son, Cotswolds, England

"Markies at P J Lee & Sons Ltd have the lion’s share of the potato variety portfolio at around 75%. The estate grows in excess of 35,000t on fenland irrigated soils. Markies offer good yields, excellent frying ability, strong storage characteristics, and a above all a versatile potato that can go crisping/chipping or packing depending on the day. Agrico are our leading seed solutions Partner."
   – Christopher Lee, P J Lee & Sons Ltd

Suggested fertiliser treatment
Nitrogen: standard advice -25kg/Ha.
Potassium: standard advice +10%, to reduce bruising at harvest.
Phosphate: standard advice.

Cultivation
Chitting may advance maturity.
It is recommended to apply a seed treatment against Rhizoctonia.

Plant spacing
35/45mm: 28cm (39,500 plants/Ha).
45/55mm: 34cm (32,500 plants/Ha).
Spacing figures for 90cm row width.

Herbicide sensitivity
Use of Metribuzin (Sencorex) can result in some discolouration of the leaves.

Fungicides
Markies is susceptible to Alternaria (Early Blight) so a preventative treatment is advisable.

Storage
Very good dormancy and stores well through to June.

Potato variety Markies

Markies characteristics

Plant and tuber

  • Maturity
    Maincrop | 4
  • Tuber shape
    Oval long
  • Flesh Colour
    Light yellow | 6.5
  • 5 low | 9 high
    Tuber number
    Average | 6
  • 5 small | 8 large
    Tuber size
    Large | 8
  • Skin colour
    Yellow
  • Flower colour
    White
  • 4 none | 8 many
    No. of berries
    Average | 6,5
  • 4 slow | 8 fast
    Foliage: - initial development
    Fast | 8
  • 4 slow | 8 fast
    Foliage: - final development
    Fast | 8
  • Foliage: - selectability
    Average | 6,5
  • 4 weak | 8 firm
    Foliage: - firmness
    Firm | 8
  • Lightsprout colour
    Blue-purple
  • 4 irregular | 8 regular
    Uniformity of shape
    Regular | 7
  • 5 irregular | 8 regular
    Uniformity of size
    Regular | 7
  • 3 insufficient | 8 excellent
    Skin finish
    Quite good | 6,5

Quality characteristics

  • 6 average | 9 high
    Average yield
    High | 8,5
  • 300 low | 500 high
    Underwater weight
    427
  • A firm | AB rather firm | B rather floury | BC floury | C floury
    Cooking type
    Floury | BC
  • 4 short | 8 long
    Dormancy
    Long | 8
  • Resistance to harvest damage
    Quite sensitive | 6
  • 3 very sensitive | 8 minimum tot none sensitive
    Metribuzin
    Minimum sensitive | 7
  • 3 very sensitive | 8 minimum tot none sensitive
    Bentazon
    Quite sensitive | 6
  • 4 poor result | 8 good result
    Ethylene
    5% to 15% more tubers | 6
  • 4 very sensitive | 8 minimum to none sensitive
    Secondary growth
    Quite sensitive | 6
  • 4 very sensitive | 8 minimum to none sensitive
    Growth cracks
    Minimum sensitive | 7
  • 4 very sensitive | 8 minimum to none sensitive
    Black spot
    Minimum to nonsensitive | 8
  • 17% low | 26,5% high
    Dry matter content
    23%
  • 5 moderate | 8 excellent
    Dry matter distribution
    Good | 7,5
  • 1 very low | 11 quite high
    TGA level
    3,4
  • 4 very sensitive | 8 minimum to none sensitive
    Raw discolouration
    Minimum sensitive | 7
  • 4 very sensitive | 8 minimum to none sensitive
    Discolouration after cooking
    Minimum sensitive | 7
  • 4 insufficient | 8 excellent
    Suitable for chipping
    Excellent | 8
  • 4 insufficient | 8 excellent
    Suitable for crisping
    Good | 7

Disease resistances

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

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