Comrade is a high-oleic Virginia cultivar developed and released jointly by ARS and North Carolina State University. In the 2020 Oklahoma Variety Trials, across location, Comrade had an average yield of 5,640 lbs/acre, 74% ELK, a grade of 68, and 94% total fancy pods. Comrade was released due to its enhanced percent super jumbo pods. Compared to currently grown cultivars Jupiter and ACI351, Comrade has a significant increase in % super jumbo pods (47%) compared to currently grown cultivars Jupiter (20%) and ACI351 (42%). In 2018-19, Comrade was significantly more resistant to pod rot (18%) than Jupiter (43%) and ACI351 (28%), but was similar to these two cultivars in yield, grade, and potential value.
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