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New varieties, research to highlight July 18 potato field day in Texas

The annual Texas Potato Breeding and Variety Development Program Field Day, hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Barrett Potato Farms, will be July 18.

The program is free, and lunch will be provided.

Participants will first assemble at the Springlake Potato Sales, Texas Highway 385 between Littlefield and Springlake, at 10 a.m. and then go to the field, said Dr. Isabel Vales, Texas A&M AgriLife Research potato breeder.

This year there will be around 150 different potato genotypes on display, mainly fresh market russets and processing chippers, but also reds and specialties, Vales said.

Some of the topics to be discussed will include updates on recent potato variety releases, such as Vanguard russet, submitted in 2018, licensees, grants and priorities. Participants will also hear updates on current research in the areas of zebra chip, heat tolerance, soil health and genomics-assisted breeding.

For more information, contact Isabel Vales at isabel.vales@tamu.edu, Douglas Scheuring at 979-324-2564, or Jeffrey Koym at 806-777-2412.


Article by Kay Ledbetter: 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu