- Russet Norkotah (Solanum tuberosum)
from a cross made in North Dakota between ND9526-4 Russ x ND9687-5
Russ and tested as ND534-4 Russ. Released by North Dakota in 1987.
CHARACTERISTICS: Russet Norkotah is an early to medium maturity
cultivar grown primarily for the fresh market. Yields are medium
specific gravity is low to medium. Plants are medium sized, slightly
upright; stems are medium thick with non-pigmented nodes and internodes.
Leaves are medium in size, open and slightly pubescent. Buds are
slightly pigmented, corolla is white and anthers are yellow-orange.
Tubers are long to oblong, smooth, russeted and have shallow, bright
golden eyes. Tuber flesh is white, dormancy is medium and sprouts
are white with some purple pigment at the tip.
STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES: Russet
Norkotah has a very attractive general appearance with a high percentage
of U.S. No. 1 tubers. Tuber shape and type are very desirable for
the count-carton market. The variety is not well suited for processing.
It is adaptable to many of the growing areas.
Russet Norkotah is susceptible to most viruses and
late blight. It is very susceptible to Verticillium wilt and early
blight. It is reported to have some tolerance to common scab and