This section is from the book "The Potato: A Compilation of Information from Every Available Source", by Eugene H. Grubb, W. S. Guilford. Also available from Amazon: The Potato: A Compilation Of Information From Every Available Source.
The following is from "Farmer's Bulletin 386" of the U. S. Department of Agriculture, by the senior author:
* "Years of experience have demonstrated that comparatively few varieties of potatoes are really adapted to Western or mountain conditions. Among the early varieties none has been so universally successful as the Early Ohio. This potato is of fine quality and uniform in size and shape, though not a heavy yielder. Another good potato, though not so early, is the Rose Seedling.
For a medium to late variety, the Dalmeny Challenge, a Scotch variety, is being used quite extensively on the western slope of Colorado. For later varieties, the White Pearl, and Rural New Yorker No. 2 are more extensively used at Greeley, in the San Luis Valley, and in the Un-compahgre Valley; and the Perfect Peachblow is the favorite in the upper Grand Valley. The latter variety has been grown continuously by the writer for twenty-five years, and under the system of seed selection already described it has become a much better and more perfect type of potato than it was ten, twenty-five, or even sixty-five years ago, when first introduced."
Secretary F. D. Coburn, of the State Board of Agriculture of Kansas, says:
Early varieties for summer marketing are planted mostly, and of these the Early Ohio is by all odds the favorite, followed to a small extent by the Early Rose and Triumph, as named. The small proportion of late sorts planted are the Bur-bank and Peachblow. Even for winter use the early varieties are grown, and left undisturbed in the ground until fall. While some home-grown stock is planted, Northern-grown seed is found best, and each year thousands of bushels are shipped in by planters and dealers, who buy from Minnesota and eastern North Dakota, in the Red River Valley."