Together with around 300 active multipliers, Niederösterreichische Saatbaugenossenschaft, Austria's sole potato breeder, has been breeding high-quality potato varieties for international and domestic cultivation for 95 years now. At this year's Potato Europe, the company, based in Meires (Windigsteig), will present two new registrations for the chips and food sectors, reveals Michael Buxbaum, who took over the baton from long-time NÖS boss Manfred Herynek on July 1.
"First, we will take the opportunity to introduce our early food variety called Nöstling," Buxbaum reports. The yellow-skinned and highly resistant tuber is particularly suitable for use as a predominantly firm cooking potato. "Furthermore, the variety promises rapid tuber development during cultivation, coupled with an attractive appearance and stable tuber shape. Furthermore, the potato has a very high yield potential with uniform grading," says Buxbaum, describing the characteristics of the potato.
The second variety innovation from NÖS is Meichip, a late potato that is primarily suitable for processing purposes, especially for the potato chips industry. This round-oval and light-yellow processing potato also meets the modern grower's specifications thanks to its low susceptibility to disease, Buxbaum emphasizes. "This potato has also been proven to deliver maximum yields, with the best chip quality."
Nöstling (l) and Meichip, the two varietal innovations from NÖS.
In addition to the two new registrations, the focus is on NÖS's already established variety portfolio, including the two firm-cooking potatoes Valdivia and Graziosa, which were recently awarded the "Golden Erdapfel" (Golden Potato) at the specialist day of the Interessensgemeinschaft Erdäpfelbau.
The cooperative manages a total of 1,300 hectares of propagation areas in four regions and produces 22,000 tons of seed per year. One-third of this is marketed through Raiffeisen commodities and one-third flows directly via traders, while 20 percent is exported.
Visit the company at Potato Europe: exhibition area Z, booth B10.