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CAN: New Sweet Potato Varieties

CAN: New Sweet Potato Varieties

A Canadian research group is developing sweet potato varieties better suited for Canadian growers. The new varieties from the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Ontario are adapted to Canada’s shorter growing season and climate. In its third year working on new sweet potato varieties, the centre is now doing farm trials in Ontario and the Maritimes. “So far we’ve screened more than 2,500 sweet potato seeds, some of them acquired from our Louisiana State University collaborators for several traits including flesh colour, days to maturity, dry matter content and sugar content,” says Valerio Primomo, a Vineland research scientist. The centre is evaluating 15 of its top-performing varieties in the trials. (Source: thepacker.com)