FALL POTATO VARIETIES 2016 SAN LUIS VALLEY, COLORADO
Russet Norkotah, continued its ranking as the most popular variety among producers by being planted on 37.9 percent of the total potato acreage and accounting for 45.1 percent of all russet potatoes. Norkotah Selection 296 is the most popular, accounting for 13.8 percent of the total acres planted overtaking Norkotah Selection 3 as the favorite which only accounted for 9.3 percent of the planted acres; Norkotah 278 had 6.5 percent of the planted acres; Norkotah Selection 8 claimed only 3.8 percent of the acreage; and all Other Norkotah selections totaled 4.4 percent. The Canela Russet variety ranked second among russet varieties in 2016 by being planted on 11.9 percent of the total acreage and representing 14.2 percent of all russet varieties. The Classic Russet was the third most popular russet variety, at 5.4 percent of the total acreage and 6.5 percent of all russet potatoes. Cadina Russet came in fourth with 5.3 percent of all acres. Teton Russet ranked fifth among russets with 4.9 percent of the total acreage. Rio Grande Russet was next with 3.7 percent, and Centennial Russet accounted for 3.2 percent of all potatoes planted. All Other Russet varieties were planted on 11.7 percent of the total acreage in the San Luis Valley.
Red varieties accounted for 5.3 percent of the planted acreage in 2016. The leading variety, Chieftain, was planted on 1.9 percent of the total potato acreage. All Other Red varieties totaled 3.4 percent.
Alegria, a yellow variety, was planted on 3.0 percent of the total acreage and represented 39.6 percent of all yellow flesh varieties, while Yukon Gold accounted for 2.9 percent of the total acreage and 38.2 percent of all yellow flesh potatoes. Other Yellow Flesh varieties totaled 1.7 percent of all potatoes planted.
Total White, Fingerlings and Other varieties, including research varieties, and other specialty type potatoes, comprised the remaining 3.2 percent of the total potato acreage. No particular variety or type received enough reports to publish seperately