Potato Cultivars – Colorado specializes in the right cultivar for the right situation!

An internationally successful potato breeding program is located in the San Luis Valley, Colorado. This program provides buyers with the most advanced clonal selections available. Several new cultivars have been developed for the fresh and processing industries which are widely grown in the west and many other parts of North America. Recently, emphasis has been placed on developing specific traits in new cultivars including better flavor, high vitamin and antioxidant content, and great horticultural characteristics. Much work has been accomplished on developing specialty cultivars with colored flesh and russets that have specific characteristics for individual needs such as earliness, appearance, and disease resistance. Grower screening of new clones prior to their release and naming helps to assure industry acceptance. CSU has one of its premier research Centers located in the San Luis Valley, the SLV Research Center, with four scientists located on site. These scientists provide seed growers with feedback and data on seed stocks. Additionally, the Colorado Potato Certification Program is located at the same site. This innovative approach coupled with CSU Research and Extension personnel helps Colorado lead in growing the appropriate cultivars that closely fit the buyer’s needs.

Top 20 Colorado cultivars (part of 125+ cultivars grown in 2012):

^Canela Russet
2,279
^Rio Grande Russet 1,171
^Russet Norkotah Selection 3 1,039
Classic Russet 944
Russet Norkotah Selections 296 659
Centennial Russet 594
LaRatte 367
Yukon Gold 364
^Russet Norkotah Selection 8 309
Chipeta 302
Keuka Gold 274
^Mesa Russet 264
Latona 246
^CO99100-1RU 235
Russet Norkotah Selection 223 233
Atlantic 227
^CO97087-2RU 212
Russet Norkotah Selection 112 180
^Purple Majesty 177
Blazer Russet 177

^Colorado cultivars either under Federal PVP or to be applied for Federal PVP. Of the top 20 cultivars produced as certified seed in Colorado all but Centennial Russet, LaRatte, Yukon Gold and Atlantic are under Federal PVP.

THE RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR COLORADO CERTIFIED SEED POTATOES,  AS INCORPORATED HEREIN, HAVE BEEN PROMULGATED BY THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE CSU SYSTEM PURSUANT TO LEGISLATION ENACTED BY THE COLORADO GENERAL ASSEMBLY, AS INCORPORATED IN SESSION LAWS, 1929, CHAPTER 59, PAGE 188, AND SESSION LAWS, 1933, CHAPTER 25, PAGE 173. SINCE THE USE, CROP, YIELDS, OR QUALITY OF CERTIFIED SEED POTATOES IS BEYOND THE CONTROL OF THE PRODUCER, THE SELLER, THE INSPECTOR, THE COLORADO POTATO GROWERS’ ASSN., INC. OR THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE CSU SYSTEM, NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING MERCHANTABILITY, WHICH EXTENDS BEYOND THE DESCRIPTION ON TAG OR BULK CERTIFICATE IS MADE CONCERNING THE PERFORMANCE OR QUALITY OF THESE SEED POTATOES. BY ACCEPTANCE OF THESE SEED POTATOES, BUYER EXPRESSLY AGREES THAT ITS EXCLUSIVE REMEDY FOR BREACH OF ANY WARRANTY SHALL BE LIMITED IN ALL EVENTS TO A RETURN OF THE PURCHASE PRICE OF THE SEED. 
“By law and purpose, the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Service is dedicated to serve all people on an equal and nondiscriminatory basis.”