Olivia Tomato

Olivia tomato

A one-bite wonder

Olivia tomato, a grape/mini-plum variety from Hazera, displays a combination of positive qualities, making it attractive to all links in the chain – from the grower, through the shipper and the retailer, to the end-user (consumer). It is unusual for one single variety to be “blessed” with characteristics that have such a wide appeal. The variety has been developed by Hazera, using traditional plant breeding techniques.
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Ocelot: Hazera’s latest mini watermelon in a great product line

Ocelot- mini watermelon

Ocelot: This is Hazera’s latest mini watermelon in a great product line.
This is a mini watermelon that produces primarily size 8. (8 melons/box) Ocelot is a high yielder, with a nice tiger strip rind and a very deep red flesh. It has very high brix, 12-13. With a good semi thick rind which helps in shipping.

Sales for this mini watermelon is growing very strong in the Americas.
Bell peppers: a new D1, 75020 has been chosen for a niche market; cupping. This is when the bottom 1-2” of the pepper is cut and frozen. Then will be stuffed with meat for a processer type ready to eat meal. This pepper is a small to medium size with very nice 4 lobed bottoms and very square, this aids in the ability to stand up without falling over. Nice thick walls 8-10mm, and very nice green outside color. The yield is outstanding. Testing on large acres will take place in 2015. Continue reading

Onions: To grow or not to grow?

By: Jacob Munden

Jacob MundenLooking at the current prices of onions as of 1-21-13, most would think that the obvious answer is yes, grow onions! In fact, I have thought about it myself. There have been a number of times when the opportunity has presented itself, but I have always declined. With production cost between $3.50 and $4.00 a 50lb. sack and the current market ranging from $20.00-$25.00 a 50 lb. sack, it seems to be a no-brainer, right? Well, maybe it is not so obvious. Of course, with this year’s crop, the current market, and good storage, growers should be writing big checks and paying off the farm as we speak. However, we need to remember the basic principles of agriculture economics, supply and demand, and look at the trends of the onion market over the last 4-5 years. Continue reading

California – the Vegetable Mecca

04/05/2012 8:49:00 AM by By: Ron Correia

Ron Correia about innovative hybrid varietiesMy name is Ron Correia, and I have worked in vegetable seed sales since 1988. Over the past 25 years I have sold seed for two major suppliers as well as direct to growers. Prior to 1988 I was an owner and manager of a large vegetable operation in Central California. I have been married to my wife, Sandy, for 41 years, and we have four children and six grandchildren. We currently live in Firebaugh, California on our family farm.
As the title of this article indicates, California is a vegetable Mecca because of its vast acreage and crop diversification. In fact, many refer to California as the breadbasket of the world. California growers produce many crops including, but not limited to, fruit, grain, cotton, nuts, and vegetables. Over one million acres of California’s agriculture production is devoted to vegetables. The top three vegetable crops are processing tomatoes, lettuce, and broccoli at 255,000, 201,000, and 123,000 acres respectively. The remaining balance of California’s vegetable production is comprised of 19 other vegetable crops. Therefore, given the large and diverse vegetable acreage, it is evident that California is one of the world’s premiere seed markets. Continue reading

Yellow tomatoes

09/04/2012 9:17:00 AM by Yair Askira

Yair AskiraThere are numerous tomato varieties currently available in the market, and in recent years we’ve witnessed growth in the market share of yellow tomatoes – both cherry and grape. Yellow tomatoes are one of the tomato varieties introduced to Europe hundreds of years ago, and were most likely grown in Mexico, Central and South America long before to the arrival of Europeans. People buy yellow tomatoes for various reasons – for their unusual color, as a beautiful addition to the salad bowl, and for their unique flavor. Continue reading

Inter-Specific Cotton Hybrids – How it All Began

31/12/2011 4:53:00 PM by Yechiel Tal, Ph.D.

Yechiel TalUpland cotton which belongs to the Gossypium hirsutum species of cotton constitutes most of the world’s cotton production and use (about 95%). Commercial varieties of this cotton are cultivated in all cotton growing countries. Many of the varieties are developed locally and so have been adapted to the particular local growing conditions. Some varieties of big international seed companies have a wide range of adaptation and are common in several countries.
Performance and yields depend on the variety and the growing conditions. In general, Upland cotton is regarded as having low to medium quality in fiber length, strength and fineness. However varieties differ according to their fiber characteristics; values range from less than 1″ to 1.17″ in length, from 24 to 29 gr’/tex’ in strength and fineness ranges from 3.5 micronaire (fine) to 6 mic’ (very coarse). Continue reading

Forget the nutritional recommendations and just eat more vegetables

25/10/2011 1:11:00 PM by by Harold Frazier – Jr. Onion Breeder

Harold FrazierHave you ever stopped to wonder what is a sincerely concerned person supposed to do with the information contained in the nutritional panel on a box of food? Ideally, I suppose, they would get exactly 100% of each listed nutrient each day (the RDA), adjusted for their age, gender, body-type and activity level. Unfortunately, this is an impossible task. As a result, the chief outcome of reading nutritional panels seems to be to make the consumer feel badly about their dietary choices. But worse than that, I would argue that an RDA is a ridiculous premise on which to base nutritional choices to begin with, because there is not a single nutrient that needs to be ingested every day for good health. I must admit, however, that the RDA does make for some amusing advertising when exploited by food companies. I personally break up laughing every time I see the advertisement on TV that proclaims that one bowl of cereal contains “half of a day’s fiber”. What, I often wonder, are the symptoms of fiber deficiency, and how will I suffer after I skip lunch? Will I stop functioning, like an automobile out of gas? Continue reading