Chieftain is a red-skinned, white-fleshed mid season potato bred in Iowa in 1957. It has wide adaptability to different growing conditions and has good yield potential.
Skin colour: Red
Flesh colour: White
Tuber Shape: oval to oblong
Origin and Breeding: Bred by A.E. Kehr from (la1027-18 x La1354) and selected by the Department of Horticulture, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, in 1957.
Year registered in Canada:1973
High yielding variety, attractive appearance, widely adapted. Under-sizing can be a problem if soil moisture becomes limiting. Well suited for washing at maturity. Good storability. Medium specific gravity.
Utilization: Good for boiling, chipping at harvest, french fries
DISEASE AND INSECT SUSCEPTIBILITY
late blight, common scab, rhizoctonia, silver scurf, stem-end browning, tuber net necrosis, verticillium wilt.
Susceptible: black leg, fusarium dry rot, leaf roll, phoma rot, PVX and PVY.
CROP-CLIMATE PROJECT PERFORMANCE SUMMARY
Chieftain is a standard, widely grown variety, grown in the Crop-Climate Project to compare with growth of lesser known varieties.
- Chieftain was a mid-season potato in Saanich BC 2013. At 116 days from planting to die-back, it was very similar to Siberian, slower than Irish Cobbler and Sieglinde, and quicker to mature than Ozette.
- Chieftain yielded well at Victoria (.9 kg/plant), Caledon (.92 kg/plant), Gananoque (.73 kg/plant) and Tompkins (“moderate yield”).
- Chieftain suffered from leaf curl in Gananoque, but not in the other locations. This may have been the result of the combination of heat stress, high humidity and drought.