Select vegetable varieties featured during Seminis Woodland Field Days

During a special showcase at its Woodland Field Days event this week, Seminis® provided the industry with an up-close look and sampling of select varieties of processing tomatoes, sweet peppers, melons, squash and watermelon. The featured commercial and pre-commercial varieties represent some of the best produce available, providing benefits for every member of the value chain – from breeders to consumers.

“We’re continually investing in research and development to help make sure we’re producing vegetable seeds and fruits that get better with every generation,” said Seminis Chief Technology Officer Marlin Edwards. “Our Woodland Field Days event allows us to showcase the fruits of our labour, highlighting their special features, such as increased resistance to diseases, greater harvest potential, or better flavour, colour and texture.”

Below is a list of featured Seminis varieties at Woodland Field Days as well as few product highlights for each.

Processing Tomatoes (AB0311 and DRI-0319)

  • Good processing quality for peeling, dicing and for paste
  • Main season, thin processing hybrid tomatoes
  • High resistance to Tomato spotted wilt virus
  • Strong plant and good yield potential with large, firm fruit and thick walls
  • DRI-0319 variety shows great results with high yield potential in Seminis 2014 California trials

Sweet Sunset Brand Pepper (Variety SV3782PP) with X3R®

  • Easy to grow sweet banana pepper hybrid that offers good performance
  • Great for frying, pickling and cutting into pepper rings for salads, sandwiches, etc.
  • 2015 All-America Selections® (AAS) Regional Winner for the Southeast, Heartland and the West/Northwest regions of the U.S.
  • Ideal for both the home garden and commercial markets
  • X3R® technology provides high resistance to Bacterial leaf spot races 0-3, 7, 8

Melon (SV6239MF)1

  • First of a series of melons, which will launch in next two years
  • High quality melon hybrid that is sweet tasting, flavourful and features ideal colour
  • Launching in Central America to provide U.S. and Canadian consumers with melon availability year-round
  • Production sizes from 9-12 count, ideal for most growers for yield potential/harvest

Squash (SV6009YG)

  • Dark green, fresh market squash hybrid
  • Potential to be highly productive with upright plant producing cylindrical, uniform fruit
  • Biotechnology plant delivers high resistance2 to Cucumber mosaic virus, Watermelon mosaic virus, and Zucchini yellow mosaic virus
  • Also delivers intermediate resistance3 to Powdery mildew

Watermelon (SV0258WA)

  • One of three seedless watermelon varieties launched this past year
  • Delivers classic flavour often associated with seeded varieties
  • High quality, large melon in 36-count range
  • Features crunchy texture and great colour along with ideal flavour

“When we develop new varieties, we focus on how we can deliver great consumer quality in easy-to-grow varieties, so more people can enjoy eating their fruits and vegetables year-round,” said Edwards. “We are doing that by providing growers with the best seed that not only helps them grow nutritious and flavourful produce, but also delivering produce that reduces challenges in shipping, processing and at retail, so this great quality can reach consumers’ plates.”

For high-resolution photos of these products, please visit www.seminis.com.

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