2016 northeast Michigan freshpack potato variety trial results

Potato growers gathered at Wilk Farms August 2016 for a field day highlighting the variety trial plots. Photo: James DeDecker, MSU Extension.In 2016, the Michigan Potato Industry Commission, Michigan State University potato specialist Chris Long and MSU Extension Presque Isle County partnered once again to conduct a table-stock potato variety trial. The trial was hosted by Wilk Farms near Metz, Michigan, and showcased 54 different varieties of russet, red, yellow, round white and novelty types. Varieties were planted in single, un-replicated rows, 50 feet in length on May 24. The field was not fumigated and tubers were planted 10 inches apart. Starter and sidedress fertilizer were applied by the grower at recommended rates according to soil analysis and best practices for the adjacent commercial field. This year’s growing season featured warmer than average temperatures and below normal precipitation. Temperatures were 3 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than average for the month of July, and 6 F above average through August and September. More