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Yukon Gold
Yukon Gold

Parentage – Norgleam x W5279-4 (yellow-fleshed diploid hybrid of S. phureja)1

Breeder – Horticulture Science Department, Ontario Agricultural College and the University of Guelph, Ontario jointly released the line in 19811

Maturity – Mid-season

Usage – Fresh market

Plant – Medium large, upright with the tendency to spread; lower three-quarters of stems is purplish with the upper quarter faintly purple to green in color1,2

Leaves – Moderately shiny, olive green, stiffly pubescent2; a distinct terminal leaflet with four pairs of primary leaflets which are largest near the terminal leaf is typically observed, petioles extend downward1; secondary and primary leaflets numbers vary with less observed on lower than upper leaves2

Flowers – Violet to light-violet with yellow anthers; buds are light green to purplish-green1,2

Tubers – Oval shaped but slightly flattened; yellow-white skin with shallow, pink eyes that distinguish Yukon Gold from other yellow-skinned varieties, light-yellow tuber flesh1,2

Strengths – Resistant to mild mosaic; moderately resistant to potato leafroll virus; retains its yellow flesh when baked, boiled or fried1,2

Weaknesses – Susceptible to potato virus Y, common scab, hollow heart, and internal necrosis; air pollution can be a problem in some growing areas1,2

References: 1http://www.potatoassociation.org/industry/varieties/white-varieties/yukon-gold-solanum-tuberosum 2http://www.inspection.gc.ca/plants/potatoes/potato-varieties/yukon-gold/eng/1312587385949/1312587385950 3www.potatovirus.com

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Last Revised: 4/09/19

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