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The Atlantic is a mid-season chipping potato variety. It was developed and released by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists at Beltsville, MD in 1978 (ARS is a research agency of the USDA). The variety is not under plant variety protection. It is a progeny of a cross between Wauseon and Lanape. It is widely grown for chipping right off the field or with short term storage. Marketable yields are fairly high.
- Plants are moderately large and have thick, upright stems with slightly swollen nodes.
- Leaves are bright medium green and have prominent wings. The primary leaflets are large and asymmetrical with numerous secondary and tertiary leaflets.
- Flowers are abundant and are white with a light violet corolla. Pollen is also abundant and is produced on orange anthers.
- Tubers (Potatoes) are oval to round with moderate to shallow eyes.
- Tuber skin is brown and light to heavily netted.
- Flesh is white and has a high specific gravity.
- Moderate to high yields and widely adapted. Used for potato chips.
- Highly resistant to Race A of golden nematode, Potato virus X, and tuber net necrosis, which is caused by Potato leafroll virus.
- Resistant to pinkeye and tolerant to common scab and Verticillium wilt.
- Susceptible to Potato virus Y. Hollow heart and heat necrosis can be a serious problem with Atlantic potatoes.
- Webb, R.E.; Wilson, D.R.; Shumaker, J.R.; Graves, B.; Henninger, M.R.; Watts, J.; Frank, J.A.; Murphy, H.J. (1978) "Atlantic: a new potato variety with high solids, good processing quality, and resistance to pests." "American Potato Journal" 55: 141-145