Top Seeds continue with their progression in broccoli

The seed company is preparing a large-scale trial for its first pre-commercial variety of broccoli, NNS-104.
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Top Seeds Ibérica is stepping up its new crop improvement programme, and this year it is launching its new pre-commercial variety of broccoli, NNS-104, for which it will be carrying out a large-scale trial in the next campaign with five large producer companies in Murcia.

The company, belonging to the Japanese group Mitsui, is developing co-breeding programmes alongside several other companies belonging to Mitsui&co. Last autumn, a result of this work involved the Spanish subsidiary developing more than thirty trials of three varieties at different altitudes, with transplants ranging from the last fortnight in August to the beginning of October. Once the results obtained were analysed, the NNS-104 variety was selected.

In view of the results obtained, Antonio Beltrán, Product Developer & Sales for Murcia, affirmed that the variety has many characteristics that make it attractive for large producers, such as important vegetable health, a compact head, ease of harvesting and very good post-harvest. “In just two cuts over 90% of the harvest can be collected,” he assures. Likewise, he confirms that no problems such as botrytis and mildew have been observed in bad weather conditions. In line with the demands made by the distribution, the heads have a medium grain and a very good colour.

The team at Top Seeds will continue with a specific development programme for Northern Spain, with transplants ranging between the months of July and September. “We want to see the adaptability of the NNS-104 in this important production area, in addition to extending our development programme in the future with the arrival of new varieties.”

In general, Antonio Beltrán underlines the significant willingness of the producers to try out new varieties. “Given the current circumstances, producers need to respond to the demands of the market.”

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