University of Florida Potato Variety Trial Program— ‘Elkton’ Commercial Evaluation
Overview of a commercial evaluation site of ‘Elkton’ and ‘Atlantic’ at a grower’s field in Hastings, Florida during spring, 2011. The flagged potato rows were planted with ‘Elkton’; the other rows were planted with 'Atlantic.'
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How to Cite

Zotarelli, Lincoln, Douglas Gergela, and Dana Fourman. 2014. “University of Florida Potato Variety Trial Program— ‘Elkton’ Commercial Evaluation: HS1253/HS1253, 10/2014”. EDIS 2014 (8). Gainesville, FL.


The ‘Elkton’ chipping potato variety was tested on a commercial scale at two growers’ farms in Florida during the 2011 season. The average yield of ‘Elkton’ in the commercial trials ranged between 295 and 324 cwt/ac, an average of 11 percent higher than that of the standard ‘Atlantic,’ and comparable to the yield range obtained in 19 trials conducted over a nine-year period by the University of Florida. This 4-page fact sheet was written by Lincoln Zotarelli, Douglas Gergela, and Dana Fourman, and published by the UF Department of Horticultural Sciences, October 2014.

HS1253/HS1253: University of Florida Potato Variety Trial Program—'Elkton' Commercial Evaluation (
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