Onion growers know that when it comes to sowing, the ability to work with the weather and not against it, is invaluable. That is one of the reasons why Harrier (trialed as SVNH1752) a new mid-day, early onion variety from Seminis, has quickly become a favourite of growers in the Pukekohe, Hawke’s Bay and Canterbury regions of New Zealand.
Seminis New Zealand Regional Business Manager, Nick Williams, said that Harrier has consistently shown itself to be a standout performer in trials conducted throughout New Zealand over the past several seasons.
“Most growers would be aware that we are fortunate to have a local onion breeding station, in Pukekohe. This means we can develop new hybrid varieties that meet the challenges faced by local growers. Harrier is the newest variety to emerge from that program and is showing itself to be a real contender in the early slot,” Nick said.
Harrier offers wide adaptability in its sowing window, giving growers the opportunity to plant when conditions permit. Harrier can be planted earlier in the season without risk of bolting and has also shown it retains skins and uniformity when plated late in the early slot.
Common onion root diseases, such as Pink Root and Fusarium Basal Rot are costly to manage and rob growers of hard earned yield and economic returns. With Harrier however, managing these disease is easy, thanks to a strong disease package that provides intermediate resistant to both Pink Root and Fusarium Basal Rot.
Harrier also impresses on the storage front, proving its capability for very long storage and suitability for export. Thanks to its high uniformity and skin quality, Harrier also sees less rejections at grading and demonstrates excellent packout rates.
Harrier is a high-quality onion and is a suitable replacement for ELK and ELK-type varieties. Harrier will be available in New Zealand in March 2019 and Australia in 2020.