The Versatile Parthenon

The Versatile Parthenon

Parthenon Broccoli is known all over the world for its exceptional quality and versatility as well as a yield potential that outshine most broccoli varieties.  Parthenon has once again done Sakata proud when it was recently harvested at Dew Valley Farm (which is part...
Brassica Seed Quality

Brassica Seed Quality

Brassica Seed Quality   The most common of all quality assurance complaints received by seed companies   relate to germination and vigour of brassica seed.  Seed companies perform a number of different types of tests in order to provide quality assurance for their...
Why Beet?

Why Beet?

Beet is a vegetable and a natural “superfood” that offers powerful health and nutritional benefits. The current interest in beet is on the rise because research studies state that beet is the richest source of Dietary Nitrates. It is these dietary nitrates which the...
Cracks on Sweet Peppers

Cracks on Sweet Peppers

Cracking (also called sugar crack) is one of the most common physiological problems on sweet peppers in South Africa.  Cracks can be small or large on the fruit shoulder, the sides or the blossom end of fruit.  Fruit with fine, inconspicuous cracks (Figure 1, A &...
Sweet Pepper Seedlings: How old?

Sweet Pepper Seedlings: How old?

Seedlings are the beginning of any sweet pepper crop.  It therefore makes sense to pay particular attention to seedling quality.  Sweet pepper seedlings tend to grow slowly and it became common practice to transplant them when they are ‘strong’ and the roots hold the...