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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Oct 6, 2014 1:06 PM CST
I dug the iris potatoes today. The Red Poniac out produced the Yukon Gold by far. I had one hill of Yukon Golds that had two very large potatoes, but both were rotten. I've never had that happen before.
These were the potatoes from the best hill of reds


This was the hill with the most uniform reds
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This was the hill with the least amount of reds
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This was the largest hill of Yukon Golds


This was the smallest hill of Yukon Golds
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This was the hill of Yukon Gold with the two soft mushy rotten potatoes
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Both of the hills with the least were on the ends of the rows.
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Name: Linda
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mom2goldens
Oct 7, 2014 6:52 PM CST
The most consistent variety I've grown is Caribe. Unfortunately, they are not long keepers, but I never grow enough to worry about long-term storage. I've also had good success with German Butterball. I grow everything in Smartpots, so my yield is probably a little lower.

Except for the few rotten ones, your potatoes look great, Tom. Occasionally, I've had a chipmunk get into my potatoes and chew them up a bit. One even chewed through my Smartpot Angry
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Oct 7, 2014 7:00 PM CST
Just first tried the German Butterball this year and very happy with them -- very productive, great tasting, and friends that grew them before said they stored well. The plants were huge compared to the russets and Red Gold potatoes that I grew -- but the yields were proportionately large!. Thumbs up
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Oct 7, 2014 7:10 PM CST
I might have to try those German Butterballs
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Oct 7, 2014 9:39 PM CST
I think you will love them, Tom ! Thumbs up
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Oct 8, 2014 3:19 AM CST
Where do you get your Butterball seed potatoes?
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Name: Glen Ingram
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Gleni
Oct 8, 2014 6:13 AM CST
Must see if I can get them here.
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Oct 8, 2014 7:49 AM CST
I ordered mine from Gurney's this year -- but since then I've seen them in other seed catalogs as well.
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Name: Linda
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mom2goldens
Oct 8, 2014 4:09 PM CST
I've ordered from Ronnigers before, as well.
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Toni
Oct 10, 2014 4:56 PM CST
Off topic Angel
But I just had to ask @Gleni
Glen what is the baby bird in your avatar?
I can't contribute beautiful potato pics cuz the gophers ate most of mine this year Grumbling
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Oct 10, 2014 5:11 PM CST
An Emu?
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Name: Glen Ingram
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Gleni
Oct 10, 2014 7:44 PM CST
Lol. No, it's a baby Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles).

Here is mum. Those legs are the baby's legs. She had 4 - now 3 are left.


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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Oct 10, 2014 9:27 PM CST
Ohmygosh -- I would so love to visit Australia for some sort of birding/wildlife/plant life tour... the difference from here to there is so interesting!!
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Oct 11, 2014 3:35 AM CST
Are they domesticated?
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Name: Glen Ingram
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Gleni
Oct 11, 2014 5:33 AM CST
No Tom. They are very aggressive to strangers and predators. They are aerially adept, vocal and extremely sharp-eyed.
However, once they get to know you they don't attack. This subspecies has that well developed yellow spur on the wing (you can see it in the photo) with which they strike when they dive-bomb. These ones walk the babies through ten properties (only 5 are occupied) and are protected by the owners, whom the birds are quite accepting of (and cross two roads in doing so).

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