Tomatoville® Gardening Forums


Notices

Information and discussion for successfully cultivating potatoes, the world's fourth largest crop.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old May 23, 2016   #1
Durgan
Tomatovillian™
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Brantford, ON, Canada
Posts: 1,324
Default Yukon Gold Potato

http://fooddaycanada.ca/made-in-cana...n-gold-potato/ Yukon Gold Potato
Yukon Gold Potato


(Solanum tuberosum)

Yukon Gold Potatoes

Yukon Gold is arguably one of the most successful potatoes in the world. It is a true culinary star. Hybridizers Garnet “Gary” Johnston and Jeff Rowberry dug the first hill of legendary spuds at Agriculture Canada’s Cambridge Research Station in 1980. It took many years of research. A short time before his death Johnston observed that “potato hybridizers are a patient lot”

Yukon Gold was the first Canadian-bred potato cultivar to be marketed with its name on the packaging when two Ontario growers began printing “Yukon Gold” on the side of the bags. It didn’t take long before chefs and consumers began to demand the potato by asking for it by name. Not much wonder, it’s not only delicious, it’s versatile. You can bake it, boil it, scallop it and even deep fry it and it answered the market’s demand for a disease-resistant, yellow-fleshed potato that could be easily grown in North America.

At the time Professor Johnson was working as the University of Guelph’s potato breeder and had a graduate student from Lima, Peru. It was tasting his Peruvian potatoes that spurred on Johnson’s breeding for a yellow potato that stayed yellow and cream coloured upon cooking. He bred in disease resistance and the rest is happy, culinary history.

Yukon Gold was named Seed of the Year – East for 2011, an annual competition honouring publicly developed Canadian cultivars that are judged for innovation, industry impact, value chain presence, sustainability and marketability. It is also a wonderful example of collaboration between the federal Agriculture & Agri-food Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

Photo taken by author at the Elora Research Station, University of Guelph.
Durgan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 23, 2016   #2
taboule
Tomatovillian™
 
taboule's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: MA
Posts: 701
Default

Thanks for this Durgan.

I'm new to potatoes and enjoyed these last couple years I grew them. Very versatile indeed.
taboule is offline   Reply With Quote
Old October 18, 2016   #3
MuddyToes
Tomatovillian™
 
MuddyToes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Delaware
Posts: 227
Default

YG's are one of my favorite spuds. I've never tried growing my own. Our winters are pretty mild here and I wonder if this is good or bad for potato growing. We usually only have a couple good freezes each winter. Rarely gets into the teens in degF. I may try putting a couple eyes into a grow bag and see what happens. Or should I wait until spring?
MuddyToes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old October 19, 2016   #4
jtjmartin
Tomatovillian™
 
jtjmartin's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Williamsburg Zone 7b
Posts: 688
Default

How was your yield of Yukon Gold?

I loved the taste but my yield was low compared to my other potatoes.
jtjmartin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old October 20, 2016   #5
Durgan
Tomatovillian™
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Brantford, ON, Canada
Posts: 1,324
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jtjmartin View Post
How was your yield of Yukon Gold?

I loved the taste but my yield was low compared to my other potatoes.

http://durgan.org/2016/September%202...Potatoes/HTML/ 4 September 2016 Yukon Gold Potatoes
Twelve Yukon Gold potatoes were dug. The total yield for storage was 34 pounds, average being 2.8 pounds per plant. This is lower than expectations of four to six pounds, but the size is adequate and the other characteristics are excellent. They will be dried in the green house for one day then placed in the basement root cellar. Total potatoes for storage from my little patch is 68 pounds.
Durgan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old October 29, 2016   #6
svalli
Tomatovillian™
 
svalli's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Vaasa, Finland, latitude N 63°
Posts: 757
Default

Yukon Golds are not commercially available in Finland, but we have been growing those now quite many years. Back in 1996, when we lived in USA we smuggled 13 tubers in a luggage. My in-laws liked those so much that year by year they increased the amount of Yukon Golds planted on their field.
Since my mother-in-law passed two years ago we have now taken over the potato planting task and even we do not grow and eat as much potatoes as they used to do, Yukon Gold still gets most rows on the field. The older generation grew their own potatoes as necessity and we do it just as a hobby and to get varieties, which are not sold in any stores.

Sari
__________________
"I only want to live in peace, plant potatoes and dream."
- Moomin-troll by Tove Jansson
svalli is offline   Reply With Quote
Old October 31, 2016   #7
Durgan
Tomatovillian™
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Brantford, ON, Canada
Posts: 1,324
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jtjmartin View Post
How was your yield of Yukon Gold?

I loved the taste but my yield was low compared to my other potatoes.

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?BKWAI 11 September 2010 Yukon Gold Test Box Potatoes
Yukon Gold Potatoes were harvested today. A total weight of 23.5 pounds was harvested from the 4 by 4 foot test area. The quality is excellent. Another plant could probably be placed in the center of the area without crowding. The average weight per plant was 5.9 pounds. From my experience anything over 4 pounds is acceptable.

Durgan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 28, 2018   #8
Black Krim
Tomatovillian™
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: New England
Posts: 592
Default

These were never one of my favorites tobuy at the grocery, but given the kudos here I will look for seed as Im sure these will be available this spring.
Black Krim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 28, 2018   #9
kath
Tomatovillian™
 
kath's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: zone 6b, PA
Posts: 5,550
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Black Krim View Post
These were never one of my favorites tobuy at the grocery, but given the kudos here I will look for seed as Im sure these will be available this spring.
The only reason I stopped growing them after many years is their relatively low production. We loved the taste, though, and it's great for earliness, size of spuds, and length of storage. Btw, there is another cultivar, similar to Yukon Gold, that is supposed to have much increased yield- maybe someone knows the name?
kath is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 28, 2018   #10
Farmette
Tomatovillian™
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 954
Default

Yukon Gem
Farmette is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 28, 2018   #11
kath
Tomatovillian™
 
kath's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: zone 6b, PA
Posts: 5,550
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Farmette View Post
Yukon Gem
Thanks, Farmette!
kath is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 28, 2018   #12
Farmette
Tomatovillian™
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 954
Default

No problem, Kath. I see another one out there listed as Yukon Nugget.
Farmette is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 28, 2018   #13
PhilaGardener
Tomatovillian™
 
PhilaGardener's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Near Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 1,584
Default

https://www.mainepotatolady.com lists all three (if anyone is interested in descriptions - Y. Nugget currently is out of stock).

Full disclaimer - I haven't ordered from them (yet)
PhilaGardener is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 28, 2018   #14
linzelu100
Tomatovillian™
 
linzelu100's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Virginia
Posts: 447
Default

Yukon yields are very low for me, but so delicious I grow them every year anyway. We love them.
__________________
Lindsey
linzelu100 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 28, 2018   #15
Black Krim
Tomatovillian™
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: New England
Posts: 592
Default

When i see family relations deveop it makes me wonder what weakness the original had. Apparently YG is liked well enough to spend the time and $ to develop improved varieties.

Im still dreaming of ordering from MPL....I cant make up my mind re blue potatos. lol
Black Krim is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:56 PM.


★ Tomatoville® is a registered trademark of Commerce Holdings, LLC ★ All Content ©2017 Commerce Holdings, LLC ★