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Yukon Gold
Yukon Gold

Parentage – Norgleam x W5279-4

Breeder – Horticulture Science Department, Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph, Ontario; released for production in 1980

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 (www.inspection.gc.ca)

Leaves – Have a distinct terminal leaflet, with four pairs of primary leaflets which are largest near the terminal leaf; moderately shiny, olive green, stiffly pubescent (www.potatoassociation.org)

Flowers – Violet to light-violet with yellow anthers; buds are light green to purplish-green (www.inspection.gc.ca)


Tubers –  Oval, may be somewhat flattened; yellow-white skinned; light-yellow tuber flesh; shallow, pink eyes distinguish Yukon Gold from other yellow varieties (www.inspection.gc.ca) (www.potatoassociation.org)

Strengths – Resistant to mild mosaic; moderately resistant to leaf roll; retains its yellow flesh when baked, boiled or fried (www.inspection.gc.ca)  (www.potatoassociation.org)

Weaknesses – Susceptible to PVY, common scab, hollow heart, and internal necrosis; air pollution can be a problem in some growing areas (www.inspection.gc.ca) (www.potatoassociation.org)

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

Yukon Gold Photo Montage

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