Smith said that a number of new Louisiana varieties will be further tested in this year’s breeding program. The varieties are numbered lines that are not named yet, she said, calling some of them “very attractive, high yielding cultivars.”
If trials are successful, some of them may be released to growers later this year, she said.
In Georgia, L&M Cos. Inc. is growing the covington variety, which is a blockier, more consistent-sizing variety, said Jeff Axelberg, salesman for potatoes and onions for the Raleigh, N.C.-based firm.
Axelburg characterized the covington as good for both retail and foodservice because of the consistent sizing, which allows for better retail shelf displays and more even cost considerations for foodservice operators.