Nitrogen fertilization of irrigated Russet potatoes in southcentral Alaska

R. G. Gavlak, W. L. Campbell, J. L. Walworth, C. L. Johnson, J. E. Muniz, T. A. Tindall

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Allagash Russet, BelRus, Frontier Russet, HiLite Russet, Russet Norkotah and Russet Burbank were evaluated with preplant N fertilizer levels of 0, 67, 134, 201, and 201 kg N/ha in a split application on a Knik silt loam in 1990 and 1991 near Palmer, Alaska. BelRus and Russet Norkotah yielded less marketable tubers than the other cultivars and Russet Burbank performed well under warm, dry 1990 conditions and poorly when conditions were cool and wet (1991). Allagash, HiLite and Frontier Russets were consistent producers with marketable tuber yields averaging 35.4, 32.3, and 32.2 t/ha, respectively. Marketable tuber yield was maximized with approximately 175 kg total N/ha (residual soil plus applied) and approached 43 t/ha in 1990. Splitting the N application had no significant effect on tuber yield. Newly released russets appear promising for commercial Alaska producers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)571-578
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Potato Journal
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1993


  • Fertilizer
  • high latitude
  • russet cultivars

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science


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