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ORIGIN: Norgold Russet was tested as ND4192-3 and released by North Dakota State University in 1964. Several strains of Norgold Russet have been selected since its release but have not been described. The parents are ND2475-8 x A119-1 (A102-35 x Russet Burbank).

CHARACTERISTICS: The plants are early maturing, determinate in growth habit, medium sized and compact. Stems are green, medium thick with conspicuous wings. Nodes and internodes are green. Leaves are medium to small, closed and dark green. The terminal leaflets are small and ovate with an asymmetrical base and an acute apex. Primary leaflets are small and tend to be cupped particularly when plants are under stress. Flowers are pink, medium in size with orange anthers; pollen is scant and of fair quality.

Tubers are oblong to long and somewhat wider than thick. The skin is uniformly netted. The eyes are shallow and well distributed. The flesh is white and yields are intermediate. The specific gravity is low to intermediate.

STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES: Norgold Russet is primarily marketed fresh as an early russet and is popular in the count pack trade for baking and boiling. It has poor fry quality and specific gravity is too low for processing. Norgold Russet has good resistance to strains of common scab, but is susceptible to Verticillium and Fusarium wilts, early and late blight and the common viruses. It is very susceptible to blackleg. Tubers have a tendency to hollow heart when developed under conditions that develop large tubers. Tuber dormancy is short.