Strawberry Evaluation Varieties
The Wisconsin Berry Growers Association is working with Dr. Brian Smith to evaluate six strawberry selections to determine their potential as new commercial strawberry varieties. These six selections have been propagated by Nourse Farms.
UW-River Falls Strawberry Selection Descriptions
Brian R. Smith, UW River Falls
RF 01-117-7 (Winona hybrid) Bright medium orange-red, firm, wide conic with red flesh; caps easily and has excellent, well-balanced flavor. Slight core in some fruits. Dark green healthy, short-statured plants display extreme vigor and good productivity but hold fruit close to soil. Some fruit rots. Caps easily. Early midseason. Ranked 2nd and 17th/50 for total yield and overall fruit size, respectively, in '06. Ranked 2nd/53 for total yield in ’07. Ranked 8th , 12th and 12th for total yield, 1st harvest fruit size and overall average fruit size, respectively of 55 genotypes for ’08.
RF 02-3-4 (RF 91-3-25 x Winona) Very large 50-60g primaries are glossy medium- red wide conic with firm red flesh and very good flavor with wild tartness. Large, fancy, horizontal calyx; caps somewhat easily. Excellent runnering, plant vigor and health. Early-early midseason. 1st for yield in early season category and 11th overall. 20th/50 for all harvest fruit size in '06. Ranked 20th/53 for both 1st harvest and all harvest fruit size in ’07. Largest 1st harvest and overall average fruit sizes in the “Early Midseason” category and 17th/55for total yield in ’08.
RF 02-13-10 (RF 98-111-2 x Brunswick) Attractive, very large, glossy bright red fruit are uniform, with slight neck and slightly reflexed calyx. Good yield potential and vigor. Excellent flavor and firmness. Caps easily. Holds size well. Very little disease. Ranked 6th and 13th, overall/50 for 1st harvest fruit size and all harvest fruit size, respectively, in '06. Ranked 7th/55 and 15th/55 for total yield and 1st harvest fruit size, respectively, in ’08.
RF 02-14-25 (RF 98-111-11 x Mesabi) Large, firm, dark red wider conic (very uniform) with prominent neck, red flesh, and excellent rich flavor. Vigorous and productive, with very prostrate growth habit. Late midseason. Susceptible to leaf spot. Some gray mold. Ranked 5th and 14th overall/50 for total yield and 1stharvest fruit size; ranked 2nd for yield in 'late midseason' category in '06. Ranked 16th/53, 10th and 12th for total yield, 1st harvest average fruit size and all harvest fruit size, respectively, in ’07. Ranked 2nd/55, 19th and 15th, for total yield, 1st harvest fruit size and overall average fruit size in ’08.
RF 02-110-31 (Jewel hybrid) Extremely large, very irregular bright, glossy, medium-red wedge. Firm, with good flavor. Very late season. Moderate to considerable leaf spot. Ranked 1st, 2nd and 3rd, overall out of 50 for 1stharvest fruit size, average fruit size over all harvests and total yield, respectively, in '06. Very high marketable yield. Ranked 1st out of all 53 genotypes for total yield, 1st harvest fruit size and all harvest fruit size in ’07.Ranked 15th, 8th and 1st for total yield, 1st harvest fruit size and overall average fruit size, respectively, for ’08.
RF 02-111-3 (RF 99-66-4 hybrid) Very large 70+g primaries. Very late and firm, bright red wedge to wide conic with slight neck and reflexed calyx. Long pedicels and very good flavor. Moderate productivity but high marketable yield. Excellent vigor but considerable leaf spot and some blight and scorch present. Moderate to good yields but extremely high (>95%) marketable yields. Ranked 3rd/50 for both 1st harvest and "all harvests" fruit size categories and 3rd/7 for yield in the late season category for '06. Ranked 5th/53, 4th and 18th for total yield, 1st harvest fruit size and all harvest fruit size, respectively, for ’07. Ranked 2nd and 4th for 1stharvest fruit size and overall average fruit size, respectively, out of 55 genotypes for ’08.