- Fresh market, ‘baker’
- Medium late – late ripening variety
- Very high yield
- Oval – round oval, big tubers
- Yellow skin colour, light yellow colour of flesh
- Dry matter content: 18.8%
- Cooking type: B
- Resistant to potato cyst nematodes, pathotype Ro1 and Ro4
- Immune to wart disease, race 1
- Slightly susceptible to leaf blight, little susceptible to tuber blight
- Wide market
Safari is a very reliable, high yielding potato variety with a strong foliage type. The tubers are oval to round oval and with a very uniform shape and size, excellent for the bakers market. The skin colour is yellow and flesh colour is light yellow. Cooking type B with no after cooking discoloration. The dry matter content is average, about 19%.
Safari is being introduced in a great number of countries, mainly in the Mediterranean area and the Middle East. Consumption potatoes are introduced in supermarkets in Greece, Spain and England.
The Safari variety has a rather good dormancy and can best be planted after a short period of pregermination to stimulate an early development of the field.
Safari gives a good number of tubers per plant. Compared to the Marfona up to 30% more. The planting distance in the row depends on the needs of the market. For pre-packing a normal planting density can be used. If the aim is to produce bigger tubers, for the bakers market, it is important to plant this variety a little wider in the row. The strong plants have a well developing root system that makes this variety very reliable. To avoid green tubers and to minimise the risk of infection by tubermoth, a well constructed ridge and the possibility for irrigation is recommended. The best results are obtained from medium heavy loam soils. Safari is somewhat sensitive to Sencor. If Sencor is used, the development of the plants can be a bit delayed.
The nitrate demand of the Safari variety is normal to a little lower (max -25kg/ha). For a higher tuber number a split application is recommended with 70% at planting and 30% at the time of flowering. Safari has a normal Phosphate and Potassium demand.
Resistance to diseases
Safari is resistant to Potato Cyst Nematodes fysio Ro1. The resistance to foliage blight is average and the Safari is highly resistant to tuber blight. The resistance to bacterial diseases is rather good, but the common scab resistance is below average. Good water management, specially around the time of tuberisation is necessary to produce scab free tubers. Safari is sensitive to
potato virus “Y”. For replanting the small tubers in the winter, it is necessary to check on virus infection.
Safari is a medium late variety and will only mature naturally at the end of the season. For earlier deliveries or to control the tuber size it can be necessary to use haulm killing methods. The Safari has normally a good skin finish, but after haulm killing of a still green crop the harvest has to be delayed a few days. To avoid tubermoth infections at the end of the season an extra insecticide treatment at haulm killing can be applied.
Safari has a moderate resistance to mechanical damage and internal bruising. Because of the large, heavy set tubers it is advised to harvest and handle with care.
Due to the good dormancy of the tubers, this variety can be stored for longer periods in cold stores. Since Safari is used only for fresh consumption and the baker market, storing temperatures can be brought down to 4°C. This elongates the dormancy period and prevents sprouting.