Erika

An early firm cooking, salad and retail variety with a good common scab resistance.

  • Retail
  • Beautiful appearance
  • High tuberisation

Suitable markets

Retail

Fresh, Salads

Most important Erika statistics

Plant and tuber

  • Maturity
    Early | 7,5
  • Tuber shape
    Long oval
  • Flesh Colour
    Light yellow | 6
  • 5 low | 9 high
    Tuberisation
    Quite high | 7
  • 5 small | 8 large
    Tuber size
    Quite large | 7
  • Skin colour
    Yellow
  • Flower colour
    White
  • 4 none | 8 many
    Number of berries
    None | 4
  • Stolon length
    Medium
  • 4 slow | 8 fast
    Foliage: - initial development
    Average | 6
  • 4 slow | 8 fast
    Foliage: - final development
    Average | 6,5
  • Foliage: - selectability
    Quite easy | 7
  • 4 weak | 8 firm
    Foliage: - firmness
    Quite firm | 7
  • Lightsprout colour
    Blue-purple
  • 4 irregular | 8 regular
    Regularity of tuber shape
    Regular | 7
  • 5 irregular | 8 regular
    Regularity of size
    Regular | 7
  • 3 insufficient | 8 excellent
    Skin finish
    Good | 7,5

Sensitivity and quality

  • 6 average | 9 high
    Relative yield
    Quite high | 7
  • 300 low | 500 high
    Underwater weight
    337
  • A firm | AB rather firm | B rather floury | BC floury | C floury
    Cooking type
    Firm | A
  • 4 short | 8 long
    Dormancy
    Quite long | 6,5
  • Harvest damage ware potatoes
    Quite sensitive | 6,5
  • 3 very sensitive | 8 minimum tot none sensitive
    Metribuzin
    Minimum sensitive | 7
  • 3 very sensitive | 8 minimum tot none sensitive
    Bentazon
    Minimum sensitive | 7
  • Talent ®
    15% to 25% more tubers | 7
  • 4 poor result | 8 good result
    Ethylene
    -
  • 4 very sensitive | 8 minimum to none sensitive
    Secondary growth
    Quite sensitive | 6,5
  • 4 very sensitive | 8 minimum to none sensitive
    Growth cracks
    Quite sensitive | 6
  • 4 very sensitive | 8 minimum to none sensitive
    Black spot
    Quite sensitive | 6
  • 4 very sensitive | 8 minimum to none sensitive
    Harvest damage seed potatoes
    Minimum sensitive | 7,5
  • 17% low | 26,5% high
    Dry matter content
    18,6%
  • 5 moderate | 8 excellent
    Dry Matter Distribution
    -
  • 1 very low | 11 quite high
    TGA level
    -
  • 4 very sensitive | 8 minimum to none sensitive
    Raw discolouration
    Minimum sensitive | 7
  • 4 very sensitive | 8 minimum to none sensitive
    Discolouration (after cooking)
    Quite sensitive | 6
  • 4 insufficient | 8 excellent
    Suitable for French fries
    Average | 6
  • 4 insufficient | 8 excellent
    Suitable for crisping
    Moderate | 5

Resistance

  • Late blight foliage
    Very susceptible | 3,5
  • Late blight tuber
    Very susceptible | 4
  • Common scab
    Minimum susceptible | 7
  • PCN Ro 1/4
    Resistant | 9
  • PCN Ro 2/3
    -
  • PCN Pa 2
    -
  • PCN Pa 3
    -
  • Powdery scab
    Susceptible | 5,5
  • Fusarium
    Susceptible | 5
  • Erwinia
    Minimum susceptible | 7
  • Black dot
    Minimum susceptible | 7
  • Spraing
    Very susceptible | 4
  • Leafroll
    -
  • A
    -
  • X
    -
  • Yn
    Minimum to non susceptible | 8,5
  • Yntn
    Minimum susceptible | 7
  • Wart disease F1
    -
  • Wart disease F6
    -
  • Wart disease F18
    -

Background

The Erika variety, grown in Austria, is a textbook example of how the international cooperation within the Agrico network is bearing fruit.

The variety is bred for the salat market, which requires potatoes with a firm cooking type, fine texture and excellent flavor. Erika amply meets these requirements and then exceeds them with the addition of a supreme presentation that has excited great interest from Portugal, France and Italy. And we’re sure it won’t stop there!

This potato originated from a crossing between parent varieties Marabel, from the Mansholt company, and an Agrico Research seedling (AR 88-156). Despite the fact that the cross was carried out at Agrico Research, the variety was selected in Austria by the NiederOostenreichischer Saatbaugenossenschaft (NOS). They regularly use parents from among Agrico varieties. In addition, each year they apply for 1,000 seeds from the Agrico Research breeding program. The Erika variety came from one of these orders and a partnership of more than 30 years.

As well as the breeding station, the NOS also has a trial field location that houses all Agrico seedlings alongside their own tests. The manager of this trial station has a lovely wife named Erika, after whom the variety is named. Moreover, it’s a name that is easy to pronounce and remember in many languages.

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Would you like to know more about the Erika?

The best way to guarantee a good harvest and the best return on your investment is to start out with healthy, high-quality seed potatoes and expert advice. At Agrico, we are committed to and invest in knowledge and research. This has enabled us to cultivate a wide range of unique potato varieties that display effective resistance, strong variety characteristics and a high yield. Naturally, the seed potatoes we supply are fully certified.

If you have any specific questions about the Erika or would like to know what Agrico can do for you with respect to varieties, please feel free to contact us.

Gerdien Poppe

Product Manager