We are very proud to have been awarded the Best Field Plot at the East Gippsland Vegetable Innovation Days in Victoria in May 2017. Paul Smith, Fairbanks – Gippsland, did an outstanding job in preparing and maintaining the plot.
We showcased an exciting new range of 15 different varieties of wild rocket, alongside the market leading varieties was an array of very dark green types, fine leaf types and even hybrid varieties. Our wild rocket program is looking better than it ever has, if you would like to see some of these new varieties on your farm, please ask us for a trial.
Continuing the innovation theme, we displayed our new all-red mizuna/mustard baby leaf variety “Miztique F1“, showing its brilliant colour. It’s the first baby leaf mustard variety to show intense colour on both sides of the leaf, giving a double colour advantage to salad mixes.
Changing the way we look at mizuna is a new red stem variety called Akana, priced competitively to allow higher usage, Akana will bring vibrancy to an ingredient traditionally used as a filler.
The hybrid chards Galactica F1 & Excel F1 showed their worth by producing a very high yield of quality chard leaves. Galactica F1 showed its strong winter vigour and is selling strongly now, we expect limited seed quantities of Excel later in the year; it is one of the darkest green and highest yielding chard varieties on the market.
Standing out in their brassica plot was the Gohan cauliflower from the Syngenta breeding program, it was right at the end of its time slot (summer/early autumn harvest) but still finished well with a high-quality curd.
Performing very well in the cooler conditions was the butterhead lettuce variety Ruffian from the Syngenta breeding portfolio, it was very uniform and clear that it would yield very well.