Osprey F1 garden beet hybrid

OUTSTANDING QUALITIES

  • ADAPTED TO COOL SEASON AREAS
  • DARK RED COLOUR
  • STRONG, HEALTHY DARK GREEN TOPS
  • SMALL REFINED TAP ROOT
  • EXCELLENT DISEASE RESISTANCE

Osprey is a F1 hybrid beet with a high yield potential. The semi-erect, disease-free tops facilitate efficient harvesting of an attractive glossy, dark green bunched product. The variety’s vigour leads to early maturity and high yields of uniformly sized and shaped beets. For processing, Osprey is characterised by higher red pigment concentrations than standard varieties leading to a more deeply coloured sliced product and higher pigment extraction levels. Osprey tends to show little purpling of leaves during winter production. Osprey has high resistance to Leaf spot (Cb) and intermediate resistance to Downy mildew (Pfb), Powdery mildew (Ep) and Rhizoctonia root and crown rot (Rs).

SPECIAL VARIETAL REQUIREMENTS

  • We do not recommend sowing during April, May and June in most areas, due to extreme cold conditions
  • Avoid extreme hot conditions for production in warm season
  • Contact area representative for a sowing guide
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Description

VARIETY NAME: Osprey
KIND:
 F1 garden beet hybrid (Beta vulgaris L. subsp. vulgaris var. conditiva Alef.)
MATURITY: 60 – 70 days for warm season production. 90 – 110 days for cool season production
SEASON: Mainly cool but warm in Highveld areas
ROOT SHAPE: Round
CROWN SIZE: Medium
SMOOTHNESS: Smooth
INTERNAL COLOUR: Dark red
ZONING: Very light
SUGAR CONTENT: High (10 – 12 %)
TOP HEIGHT: 35 – 37 cm
LEAF HABIT: Semi-erect
LEAF COLOUR AND GLOSS: Dark green / glossy
PURPLE IN LEAF (BETALIN PIGMENT): Low
BOLTING HABIT: Very slow to bolt
DISEASE REACTION (SCIENTIFIC): High resistance: Cercospora beticola (Cb). Intermediate resistance: Peronospora farinosa f.sp. betae (Pfb), Erysiphe polygoni (Ep) and Rhizoctonia solani (Rs)
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 and processing, warm and cool season in Highveld areas
SPECIAL FEATURES: High yield, extremely uniform round roots, attractive tops for bunching, excellent foliar disease resistance, high red pigment concentration