Tucker Farms, Inc.
Certified Seed and Tablestock Potato Varieties
Upstate Abundance, formerly NY150
Parentage: NY121 x Jacqueline Lee (2004)
Released: August 2017
Breeder/Agency: Walter De Jong/Cornell University
PVP status:  Cert No. 201700299, Cornell Univ., 2017

Commentary: It would seem that Upstate acquired its unusual growth habit and other unusual characteristics from its ancestry:  Multiple generations of Peruvian, Argentine and Mexican cultivars are among the heritage of this new cultivar from Cornell. We find its flavor and texture unsurpassed by any extant cultivar 

Production Characteristics
  • Maturity: Officially, early, but it may actually be mid to late season
  • Yield: Medium; pub. yields range from low to medium due to cited factors. Our 2015 experience: 500 lbs planted yielded 8600 lbs harvested in a ratio of 35% Size A and 65% Size B, not including creamers
  • Tuber Set: Heavy, with prodigious numbers of small tubers. Sets tubers continuously all season, each set is higher in the hill; smallest tubers may be green without sufficient hilling. 
  • Nitrogen: TBD
  • Specific Gravity: 1.082 avg. (0.009 less than Atlantic)
  • Diseases: Susceptible to common scab, shatter bruise, blackspot bruise, and greening (sunlight and fluorscent lighting).  Resistant to Golden nematode Ro1 and Ro2, PVY, late blight, hollow heart, growth cracks, brown center, vascular disease, internal necrosis
  • Skin, Skin set: Strong skin set, occurring naturally before plant senescence
  • Storage/dormancy: Excellent. About 2 weeks longer than Atlantic. Very low weight loss from 50 F storage. An excellent keeper
  • Market: Fresh market consumption, especially those looking for small, bright white ‘creamer’ and ‘B’ size tubers
  • Advantages: Very attractive, bright white, round, shallow-eyed tubers. Very few pick-outs. Good chip color from 50 F storage
Physical Characteristics
  • Plant
    • Habit, canopy: Many vines per hill. Vigorous growth, upright to spreading habit
    • Inflorescences: White with yellow-green flares, yellow anthers. Occasionally sets seedballs
    • Stems: Light green
    • Leaves: Light green
  • Tubers
    • Skin color and texture: Bright white, smooth
    • Shape: Round to mostly round, uniform size, occasional misshapen
    • Flesh color: Bright white
    • Eye depth/distribution: Shallow, well distributed
    • Overall appearance: A strikingly beautiful round white tuber
Culinary Characteristics
  • Taste, flavor: Superlative, even better than Peter Wilcox. It has acquired a cult following at the Cornell Breeding Program in Ithaca, in Lake Placid and Niskayuna, NY
  • Texture after cooking: Creamy. Will not darken after cooking or slough after boiling or steaming
  • Uses: Extremely versatile:  Perfect for soups, stews, roasting, boiling, mashing, chips, steamer bags and salt potatoes. As creamers, kids love them as ‘kid sized’ potatoes--they pop them straight into their mouths