Red LaSoda Potato Fact Sheet

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Red LaSoda
Deep Red Mutant of LaSoda
Red LaSoda

Parentage – Triumph x Katahdin

Breeder – LaSoda was developed by the Louisiana potato breeding program in 1948; Red LaSoda mutant was observed in 1949 and released for production by the USDA and the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station in 1953

Maturity – Mid-season

Usage – Primarily grown for fresh market; good for boiling, baking and frying

Plant –  Medium in size; spreading in habit; stems prominently angled, wings prominent and slightly waved; light pubescence on stems (www.inspection.gc.ca)

Leaves – Close, long, broad, dark green; midribs slightly pubescent; primary leaves ovate with three to four pair; numerous secondary and tertiary leaflets (www.inspection.gc.ca)

Flowers – Large, lavender flowers; scantly pubescent green buds (www.inspection.gc.ca) (www.potatoassociation.org)

Tubers –  Round to oblong, slightly flattened with medium deep eyes; skin texture is smooth and color is deep red which tends to fade with time; flesh color is white; tubers skin easily when handled; Specific gravity is low; dormancy is long (www.inspection.gc.ca) (www.potatoassociation.org)

Strengths – Potential for high yields; bright red colored tubers; tubers size early; resistant to tip burn, heat and drought damage (www.inspection.gc.ca) (www.potatoassociation.org)

Weaknesses – Tuber eye depth and off-shape tubers; susceptible to black leg, common scab, Fusarium dry rot, late blight, leaf roll, Verticillium wilt, PVX, PVY, corky ring spot and bacterial wilt (www.inspection.gc.ca) (www.potatoassociation.org)

Red LaSoda Montage

Photos provided by CFIA; Virus photos provided by www.potatovirus.com.  For more information:  www.potatoassociation.org or www.inspection.gc.ca

Last Revised: 03/21/2018     © 2018 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System