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Athlete

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Market Outlets Salad,Organic,Creamer Market
Maturity Medium Early
Average Yield Very Good
Crossing

Athlete is a variety ideally suited for the creamer potato market. Firm to cook with a good 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 it needs irrigation; it has excellent resistance to late blight and tuber blight. Athlete is also very suitable for producing organically, requiring low inputs. Dry matter content is quite high giving it a good cooking and frying quality.

Quality

Tuber Shape Oval
Uniform of Shape Uniform
Eye Depth Shallow
Skin Color Yellow
Flesh Color Pale Yellow
Dry matter (%) 20.9%

Agronomy

Dormancy Short
Tuber Number Very High Setting
Resistance to Damage Moderate Resistance
Resistance to Bruising Good Resistance
Secondary Growth Not Susceptible
Flower Colour Purple

Disease Resistance

Late Blight (Foliage blight) Very Good Resistance Common Scab Susceptible
Virus PVY Moderate Resistance Tuber Blight Very Good Resistance
PCN - Ro1 & Ro4 Resistant Blackleg Very Good Resistance

Cultivation Recommendation

Planting out of the cold store after warming up is recommended. Planting distance of tuber size 35/50mm is approximately 25cm (53,000 plants per Ha). Use of Sencor can give some foliar discolouration and yield reduction and is therefore not recommended. Athlete has a good primary leaf development. Foliage is medium strong and soil coverage is good. It is not prone to bruising or black spot.

Storage Recommendation

Athlete has a short dormancy and is therefore not suitable for long term storage.

Resistance

Athlete is susceptible to common scab. Resistance to blackleg and late blight is good, and tuber blight is very good. Athlete is resistant to PCN Ro1 and Ro4.

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