Sakata explores diversity

This campaign Sakata Seed Ibérica is presenting three varieties of piel de sapo for La Mancha and a long life cantaloupe for Almeria.

The seed company has two lines of research underway to meet the needs of end consumers and farmers. The first of them is based on the search for varieties with more resistances that complement the materials they already have on the market. The second one concentrates on developing varieties with smaller sizes and different formats, particularly for the export markets. These lines of development go hand in hand with the idea of maintaining the high quality and excellent post-harvest of Sakata piel de sapo melons.

This campaign, Sakata is presenting three new varieties of Piel de sapo, complementing its catalogue with these in La Mancha: Grand Cortés, Grand Rivero and Mel 2547.

Grand Cortés is a piel de sapo for late plantations in La Mancha. It is a robust plant variety with good tolerance for bad weather conditions. It has excellent internal quality and allows the campaign to be extended to mid October. It is resistant to powdery mildew and fusarium.

Grand Rivero is a productive variety with excellent presentation, ideal for April plantations in Murcia and May plantations in La Mancha. Its flesh has an intermediate, juicy consistency. It is resistant to powdery mildew and fusarium.

Mel 2547 is a productive piel de sapo for plantations from the 20th of May to the 15th of June in La Mancha. It has great internal quality and shows resistance to powdery mildew and fusarium.

The new Sakata melon varieties complement, without replacing, the companies’ references in La Mancha, and with these the seed company covers the entire cycle, using materials that are committed to great flavour and good post-harvest: Don Quixote (for plantations from the 15th to the 25th of April); Cordial (from the 10th of May to the 20th of June) and Grand Riado (from the 20th of June onwards).

For the Almeria market, Sakata has the new variety, Festival: a cantaloupe melon that stands out due to its excellent balance between plant and production, with homogeneously sized and shaped fruits and high sugar levels. It is recommended for May harvests.

All these new developments are clear examples of the unceasing research and development work carried out at Sakata, which is continuously searching for improvements in its catalogues for the different crop growing areas.

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