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