It is developing the broccoli SVBL0299 and it is working on new specialities within the Skytree and Bellaverde line.
During week 5, Seminis (the brand from Bayer) showed the new varieties it is working on at its broccoli trial field in La Tercia (Lorca), along with the ones already on the market. Visitors could see in situ materials such as the new broccoli SVBL0299, Skytree and the new development, not on the market yet, of purple Bellaverde.
In its broccoli portfolio, Seminis has the Titanium and Shard varieties, materials the brand used to start its new generation, focused on adaptation for mechanised harvesting: elevated heads, few leaves on the stem, very compact, heavy heads with fine grains, high production and great stability in the cycle with very grouped harvesting (between 50-70% in the first cut). José María Román, a technician from the seed company’s Sales Department, emphasises the good adaptation of Shard to the Campo de Lorca region and the yield and important weight of Titanium. “It responded very well to the warm days that we have had,” he affirms.
They have an interesting new development in this typology, SVBL0299, with a vegetative development that is greater than that of other materials on the market. “The plant is very strong and robust, with the heads reaching weights of between 810 grams and 1 kg in this trial. Another advantage is that the grain does not open even in hot conditions and it has good flower heads,” Jose María Román explains.
In the specialities line, they continue to promote Skytree, a broccoli with long internodes and an open head, long florettes that are easily separated, which is sold whole and is 100% edible. Additionally, they are developing another variety that differs from the previous one by reaching a greater yield and developing shorter florettes for spring production.
Likewise, as a new development, still in a pre-sales phase, they have a Bellaverde type material that is purple for selling in flow packs, which without any doubt will become a conversation piece later on.