Yukon Gem (OTT case 09-023)
“Yukon Gem” is a round-oblong, yellow-fleshed potato variety that is very similar to its parent, “Yukon Gold.” Yukon Gem is higher-yielding (12 percent higher in Idaho) than Yukon Gold and is resistant to PVY, common scab, tuber blight (early and late), net necrosis, blackspot and shatter bruise. It is moderately resistant to dry rot and foliar late blight. Its resistances make it a good candidate for organic production. It also makes acceptable chips, but its lower specific gravity may limit its use for this purpose.
Yukon Gem has an erect, medium vine that matures relatively early in the season. It produces medium red-purple flowers that have a tendency to abort. It produces round to oval, light yellow skin with pink splash around the eyes. The eyes are intermediate in depth and number and are evenly distributed. Tuber set is low to medium and tuber size is medium.
If interested in licensing this potato variety, please contact the Potato Variety Management Institute (PVMI).