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POTATO VARIETIES:
A VISION FOR 2030
When it comes to potato varieties, the widely shared goal for
2030 is to replace most of the standard varieties that have been
grown for many years to adopt new varieties that will drastically
reduce nitrogen inputs, and improve water use, efficiency and yield.
Seed Pipeline
To achieve this goal, McCain Foods is committed to developing
a robust seed pipeline for new potato varieties that will help
growers meet sustainability goals while maintaining high yields
and quality. " You must look five years out when planning a seed
pipeline, " says Nicole Nichol, director of agriculture seed supply
and variety development. " Seed multiplication of potatoes takes a
very long time compared to other crops. " To address this, McCain
brought on a seed team that includes a seed agronomist and two
seed representatives working with seed growers to contract volume.
The seed team aims to provide guidance and financial backing to
growers. They strive to de-risk and diversify across North America
- expanding westward to be closer to the consumer.
Innovation Hubs
McCain Foods conducts variety trials across North America
to evaluate traits like disease resistance, nitrogen use efficiency,
yield, and quality. High potential varieties are advanced to precommercial
trials on farm fields. The current pre-commercial trial
at the Idaho Innovation Hub is testing varieties selected for their
potential to thrive in sustainable farming systems.
Nichol points out, " A healthy new variety pipeline will provide
flexibility for our end customers and help ensure supply reliability.
By working with customers and seed growers, I believe we can gain
approval for new variety options across North America by 2030. "
Two top varieties highlighted in Idaho were King Russet for longterm
storage and Caribou Russet for its early maturity, resistance to
nematodes, and moderate resistance to verticillium. Caribou reduces
the need for fumigation and improves EIQ score, which is aligned
with McCain's Regenerative Agriculture Framework. Burbank is
not a control at the Hub since Caribou Russet offers better yields
and with 20% less nitrogen than Burbank to achieve same yield
and quality. " By running these pre-commercial trials within the
Innovation Hub, we are readying for the future where we will have
to get more with less: gain more yield, keep consistent great quality,
and navigate climate challenge, " says Nichol.
These varieties could help growers reduce inputs like nitrogen
fertilizer while maintaining productivity. Other varieties in
development offer traits like resistance to diseases such as verticillium
that may allow for reduced fumigation needs. By providing a portfolio
of climate-resilient varieties, McCain aims to help growers meet
sustainability targets while ensuring supply reliability for customers.
Partners
Growers who visited the Innovation Hubs are enthusiastic about
these top two options - several of them have both of these varieties
in their field already and they are keen to get more. McCain is also
encouraging conversations with researchers examining diseases.
Most of all, the company is looking to continue sharing learnings
and insights with customers. " The bottom line is supply assurance, "
says Nichol. " There is a need for climate resilient varieties to
continue to deliver the volume and quality that customers expect
and we believe we have those varieties: they have plasticity, heat
stress tolerance and more. There is no one variety that will solve
all the North America challenges. Similar to a financial portfolio,
we need to diversify the risks with multiple varieties. " Customers
are increasingly engaged in conversations around varieties and the
importance of flexibility to assure supply for the long term.
Ambitions for 2030
McCain is working to increase seed availability for promising
new varieties by coordinating with seed growers. With continued
variety development, McCain's goal is to have largely replaced
standard varieties by 2030 while gaining full customer approval for
new options. This will drastically reduce nitrogen inputs, reduce
EIQ scores, and move growers along the Regenerative Framework
to achieve the commitment of 100% regen acres by 2030. " Seed
and varieties will help McCain and growers deliver on sustainability
commitments and continue striving into the future, " says Nichols.
If growers have questions about varieties in their regions or if
they want to grow a new potato variety, McCain encourages them
to connect with a local McCain representative who will facilitate
a conversation.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Spudman September/October 2023

Agriculture
Auctions
Automation Equipment
Biologicals
Buyer/Seller
Crop Protection
Farm Equipment
Fertilizer
Industry Associations
Inspection Services
Irrigation
Mini Tubers
Packaging
Packaging Solutions
Plant Nutrition
Postharvest
Potato Weighing
Precision Ag, Weighing Systems, Equipment Control
Refrigeration
Regenerative Agriculture
Seed
Soil Health
Soil Inoculant
Sorters & Graders
Sprout Inhibitors
State Organizations
Storage
Trailers
Vegetable Processing Equipment
Resources
Association Listings
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