The latest broccoli offering from Seminis gives New Zealand growers a high-rise type that delivers ease of harvest and labour savings at a critical time.
Titanium is part of the high-rise broccoli portfolio at Seminis and was launched commercially in New Zealand last month. The concept has been in the making for 20 years, with high rise varieties such as Eiffel and Hancock currently being machine harvested in the United States and United Kingdom. High-rise varieties are typically much easier to harvest when compared to traditional ones, as they grow tall and feature a strong, clean stem with few large leaves and visible crowns.
Titanium has spent a full year in screening trials in NZ, being planted with 12 other Seminis varieties every two weeks on grower’s properties. It was clear that Titanium had a fit for the New Zealand market and is best suited for harvesting from late June to late October.
Nathan Gorter-Smith, Seminis NZ Trial Co-Ordinator said “Titanium was a clear winner amongst the 12 varieties which spent a year in our screening trials. This is due to its extremely high uniformity at maturity and ease of harvest, thanks to its high-rise genetics.”
Titanium develops a firm, heavy head which sits up in the plants’ foliage. This not only allows for an easier harvest with less cleaning once cut, but also for better air circulation around the head minimising head rots. The variety has also demonstrated great field holding which is important through colder, wetter months when weather can make it difficult to get on the paddock.
Nick Williams, Seminis NZ Sales Representative said “It’s been great to see grower’s reactions to how high Titanium’s head is compared to traditional varieties. It’s certainly much easier to harvest.
“High-rise varieties not only benefit growers today given the labour savings they’ll see when hand harvesting but will future proof them if they want to move to machine harvest, which is exciting,” Nick said.
With the high-rise concept being proven overseas and many varieties in the pipeline, Seminis will continue to screen varieties for adaptability to local conditions and to broaden opportunities for growers to plant a full year high-rise program.
For more information on Titanium, or to place your order contact a member of the Seminis team today.