Kestrel F1 garden beet hybrid

OUTSTANDING QUALITIES

  • ADAPTED TO WARM SEASON PRODUCTION
  • EXCELLENT FOR BABY BEET
  • EARLY MATURING IN COOL SEASON
  • UNIFORM ROOTS
  • SUPERIOR FLAVOUR
  • EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY

Kestrel is a F1 hybrid for cool season production with uniform, round roots and refined crowns and taproots. Kestrel’s hybrid vigour leads to early, uniform plant establishment resulting in high scores for earliness and yield potential in bunched, topped and processing trials. Kestreldevelops its shape and outstanding interior colour at an early stage. Kestrel excels for baby beet production as well mature beet production. Due to intermediate resistance to various leaf diseases, tops remain erect and healthy for optimum production and high appeal in bunching. The overall vigour of Kestrel tends to make it less susceptible to diseases. Kestrel has intermediate resistance to Leaf spot (Cb), Downy mildew (Pfb) and Powdery mildew (Ep).

SPECIAL VARIETAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Kestrel is recommended for cool season production, but extreme cold should be avoided
  • We do not recommend sowing during April, May and June for most areas
  • Contact area representative for a sowing guide
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Description

VARIETY NAME: Kestrel
KIND:
 F1 garden beet hybrid (Beta vulgaris L. subsp. vulgaris var. conditiva Alef.)
MATURITY: 90 – 110 days for cool season production
SEASON: Cool
ROOT SHAPE: Round
CROWN SIZE: Small
SMOOTHNESS: Very smooth
INTERNAL COLOUR: Dark red
ZONING: Very light
SUGAR CONTENT: High (9 – 10 %)
TOP HEIGHT: 30 – 33 cm
LEAF HABIT: Erect
LEAF COLOUR AND GLOSS: Bright green / medium gloss
PURPLE IN LEAF (BETALIN PIGMENT): Low
BOLTING HABIT: Very slow to bolt
DISEASE REACTION (SCIENTIFIC): Intermediate resistance: Cercospora beticola (Cb), Peronospora farinosa f.sp. betae (Pfb), Erysiphe polygoni (Ep)
PLANT POPULATION: 450 000 – 550 000 seeds per ha for normal roots. 600 000 – 800 000 for baby beet production
UNIFORMITY: Very good
MARKET USE: Fresh market, processing, pre-packing and baby beet
SPECIAL FEATURES: High yield, good disease resistance, refined round shape, well suited for baby beet production. Good resistance to leaf diseases