Greenvale to offer limited sales of Vales Sovereign potato to Scottish growers

Potato supplier Greenvale AP is making a limited amount of its seed potato variety, Vales Sovereign, available on the open market to Scottish potato farmers.

The Vale Sovereign potato - image: Greenvale AP
The Vale Sovereign potato - image: Greenvale AP

The easy-to-grow, low maintenance variety launched five years ago is one of the leading varieties for the white potato pre-pack sector.

It is an early main crop variety, bred by the James Hutton Institute (formerly SCRI) as part of a targeted breeding programme from Greenvale AP and has white tubers with red eyes and cream flesh.  

A versatile potato, Vales Sovereign is suitable for general use, baking and roasting.

David Rankin, Seed and Procurement Director for Greenvale AP said:

"Vales Sovereign is an ideal variety for Scottish growers. It can grow on land with little or no irrigation and has excellent common scab resistance  - typically farmers can save around £400/ha over a season on irrigation costs.  

"Vales Sovereign also has excellent disease resistance, particularly to blight, black dot and blackleg – something especially important to Scottish farmers who experienced such a wet growing season this year.  

Greenvale added that the variety requires lower rates of nitrogen than comparable potatoes, stores well and has low wastage levels offering the grower savings.

Russell Brown, of Inverdovat, Newport, who uses a lot of rented land on North East Fife said: "Using a variety like Vales Sovereign is vital because it does not need a great deal of management input in terms of fertilizer and will thrive on light to medium bodied land without irrigation. This allows me to concentrate resources on higher maintenance varieties such as Maris Piper."

This year the company is encouraging Scottish based non-Greenvale AP growers to try this fantastic variety to see for themselves how well it performs. Seed for next year’s planting season is available on condition that the harvest from the crop will be sold back to Greenvale AP.

For further information call all Niall Arbuckle on 01828 670343 or email post@greenvale.co.uk and see www.greenvaleap.net


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