Nitrogen Response of French Fry and Chip Cultivars Selected for Low Tuber Reducing Sugars

Na Sun, Carl J. Rosen, Asunta L. Thompson

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New cultivars ‘Alpine Russet’, ‘Dakota Trailblazer’ and ‘Ivory Crisp’ have lower tuber reducing sugars and acrylamide-forming potential. Adoption of new cultivars by growers requires information about their responses to agronomic factors such as nitrogen (N) fertilizer. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of N rate on yield and quality of new cultivars relative to conventional cultivars ‘Russet Burbank’ and ‘Snowden’. The experiment was conducted over two years as a randomized complete block design replicated four times with five N rates and five cultivars. The new cultivars had comparable or higher marketable yields, and a higher percentage of large tubers (greater than170 g) than the standard cultivars. Total and marketable yields responded quadratically to N and optimized at 231 kg ha−1 in 2011 and 319 kg ha−1 in 2012 for all cultivars. ‘Dakota Trailblazer’ had high hollow heart incidence (greater than 10% at N rates above 125 kg ha−1), and excessively high specific gravity, making it undesirable for processing but with potential to be a parent in a breeding program. ‘Alpine Russet’ and ‘Ivory Crisp’ had specific gravity suitable for commercial processing, and low hollow heart incidence at all N rates. Critical petiole nitrate-N concentrations 50 and 70 days after planting for all cultivars were greater in 2012 than in 2011, suggesting that interpretation of critical values can be affected by growing conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)606-616
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Potato Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgements We thank the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the North Dakota Department of Agriculture for supporting this research through grants from the USDA/NIFA Specialty Crops Block program.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017, The Potato Association of America.


  • Petiole Nitrate-N
  • Potato
  • Quality
  • Yield


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