Russet Burbank Potato Fact Sheet

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Russet Burbank

Parentage – Origin of Russet Burbank, formally known as Netted Gem is believed to be a mutation of Burbank, discovered by Luther Burbank. Although the origin is not defined, maternal lineage likely includes Rough Purple Chili, Garnet Chili, and Early Rose1

Breeder – Released by L.L. May & Co. in St. Paul, MN in 19021

Maturity – Late-season

Usage – Excellent for French fry processing and baking; good for boiling2

Plant – Medium sized, spreading foliage; medium thick stems that are prominently angled and slightly reddish purple; nodes slightly swollen2

Leaves – Moderately open; medium sized; elliptical-ovate, tip tapered to a point; four pairs of primary leaflets; three pairs of secondary leaflets2

Flowers – Few3, medium sized; white corolla with yellow anthers; dark olive-green buds; drop readily2

Tubers – Large; long, cylindrical or slightly flattened with lightly to heavily russetted brown skin; many evenly distributed shallow eyes; white flesh2,3

StrengthsHighly resistant to black leg; moderately resistant to common scab2

Weaknesses – Susceptible to Fusarium wilt3, late blight, potato leafroll, seed-piece decay, tuber net necrosis, Verticillium wilt, Potato Virus X and Potato Virus Y2; soil moisture needs to be high and uniform, along with controlled nitrogen levels to produce knob free tubers3

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