Potatoes USA plants third seed potato trial in Myanmar

burmaPotatoes USA has just completed the planting of a third seed variety trial in the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar (also known as Burma). The purpose of this USDA-funded trial is to establish field data of US varieties for government registration in Myanmar. Peter Joyce, Potatoes USA International Seed Representative, provided technical assistance to demonstrate seed cutting techniques and planted a replicated trial during the week of January 16th, 2017. US seed potato varieties planted include: Cal White, Atlantic, Megachip, Yukon Gem, Defender, Hodag, Nicolet, Pinnacle and Granola.   Rey Santella, the Agricultural Attaché from the American Office of Agricultural affairs visited the planting site to learn about the project. For varieties to be registered, they need to show higher yield in trials than the control variety Kufri Jyoti, the predominate locally-planted variety, in three regional sites. If this US seed variety trial is successful, as expected, to outperform yields of Kufri Jyoti, registration will allow for commercial sales of U.S. seed to Myanmar. Harvest of the trial is expected in April/May. (Source: Potato Bytes, published weekly by the Northern Plains Potato Growers Assn)