Potato Variety Management Institute
Released in 2005, Blazer Russet (A8893-1) is an early-maturing, dual-purpose variety that has found a niche within the processing industry as a replacement for Shepody. Its attractive appearance and excellent culinary qualities also make it a good candidate for fresh pack.
Blazer Russet is resistant to tuber external defects, sugar ends, common and powdery scab of the tuber, and PVX. It is moderately resistant to blackspot bruise and tuber late blight. Blazer Russet has moderate susceptibility to hollow heart.
Blazer Russet with its early maturity is considered to be a strong replacement possibility for Shepody. It has oblong, medium to large tubers that average 8 ounces with excellent culinary qualities. The characteristic light russeting means the tubers have tan to light brown skins with firm, creamy white flesh. Blazer provides higher yields of No. 1 and has excellent specific gravity making it a good dual purpose type.
Blazer is resistant to scab and moderately resistant to net necrosis, dry rot and soft rot. It is susceptible to Verticillium wilt and moderately susceptible to PVY. Blazer Russet weaknesses are that it has short dormancy and is prone to hollow heart.
Other US Growers
Valley Tissue Culture, Inc. Minnesota
Anchor F Farms Ltd Farms Alberta
Haenni Farms Alberta
Keltie Farms, Inc. Alberta
Phoenix Farms Ltd. Alberta
Plant Propagation Centre New Brunswick
Cavendish Farms Prince Edward Island
PEI Potato Board Prince Edward Island
Pommes de Terre Laurentiennes Inc. Québec
True North Seed Potato Co. Ltd. Saskatchewan
Youngplants Canada Ltd. Saskatchewan