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Uganda | 27 Sep 2022
Starke Ayres going from strength to strength in Uganda
It was in 1877 when Starke Ayres began its first step towards a journey of more than a thousand miles. Over the years, it has grown to command a significant and formidable distr... Read More
Our History | 19 Sep 2022
Starke Ayres: 145 years of growing Africa
Not many vegetable-seed supplier companies can boast that their heritage has been 100% rooted in South African soil for more than 100 years. That’s quite an accomplishment for S... Read More
Butternut | 13 Sep 2022
Butternut Carmela scores a massive plus in Southern Province, Zambia
The butternut hybrid Carmela has impressed small-scale farmers in the Monze district of Southern Province, an area selected as part of Starke Ayres Zambia’s pilot project to acc... Read More
Sweet Corn | 6 Sep 2022
New sweetcorn hybrid developed for Chile
Starke Ayres has been developing the hybrid sweetcorn market in Chile through Semillas Latinoamericanas for the past few years with great success. Read More
Cabbage | 29 Aug 2022
Kilimo F1 hybrid success story at Kinangop, Kenya
Joseph Chege and his wife have been farming for more than 10 years at Kwa Haraka in Kinangop, Kenya. He concentrates on cabbage farming, which is a source of livelihood for his ... Read More
Pepper | 23 Aug 2022
Capsicum farming in Thika, Kenya
Capsicum farming continues to excite key farmers. California Wonder was initially the most dominant variety, but progressive farmers have embraced hybrid varietie... Read More
Onions | 15 Aug 2022
Onion Dominator popular in Loitokitok, Kenya
Dominator has become very popular owing to its higher resistance to purple blotch which is a very common onion disease in Loitokitok. Read More
Onions | 8 Aug 2022
Onion Yakuti making an impact in Pandamatenga
Farmer Louis Mulder of Pandamenga, Botswana, was allotted 250 000 onion Yakuti seeds as a trial and planted them on 15 June 2021. Read More
Onions | 2 Aug 2022
Botswana: proprietary onion varieties continue to excel
At Silver Horizons in Botswana’s Ghanzi District, Irati has been planted over the past few seasons with great success. Read More
Onions | 25 Jul 2022
Onion Veronica is a competitive product in Namibian sellers' market
Veronica was planted in northeastern Namibia (approximately 30km from Grootfontein) alongside other Starke Ayres and opposition varieties on 2 March 2021. Read More
Onions | 19 Jul 2022
Good yields achieved with onion Askari in Namibia
Starke Ayres’ Onion Askari was planted in many parts of Namibia the past season among other Starke Ayres and opposition varieties. Read More
International | 12 Jul 2022
Oriental farm breaks a record yield in Trinity tomato
Since 2017 when the wonder tomato hybrid Trinity hit the Zambian market both as final product on the open market and on farms as a crop, its popularity has been rising. Read More
Lettuce | 1 Jul 2022
Esky proves it can handle severe weather conditions
Esky, a large-framed mid-winter lettuce, showed great potential this year during the winter production in the eastern part of Namibia. Read More
Plennegy Group | 23 Jun 2022
Plennegy Research plant breeders make top 20 SAPBA list
We are proud to share that not one but two of our Plennegy Plant Breeders have been included on the list of Top Twenty of the most influential plant breeders in Africa!... Read More
Home Gardening | 20 Jun 2022
Can I store my seed for next year?
Seed suppliers are often asked how long seed can be kept. Although a lot of effort is put into calculating the exact quantity of seed needed to establish the required area of a ... Read More
Tomato | 20 Jun 2022
Tinyoni Farm Produce
Tomato and green pepper farming Sidvokodvo, Eswatini Read More
Pepper | 14 Jun 2022
Perfect pack-out with Pfeiffer
Farming is all about marketable fruit, you need to be able to sell what you produce. It is up to the buyer to determine the attractiveness and value of the sellable product. Read More
Tomato | 7 Jun 2022
Blye tomato is still a winner in Pongola
Esuan Hӧll and his son, Rocco, have been planting tomatoes in Pongola, KwaZulu-Natal, for the past 30 years, and for the past five years they have planted Blye tomatoes. Read More
Melon | 23 May 2022
New shoulder and summer cantaloupes for superior quality
Two new cantaloupes were recently launched for early, late and mid-summer production respectively. Read More
Watermelon | 23 May 2022
First-time success in the Bosveld
Not many first-time vegetable growers can claim an outstanding success from their initial efforts, but 33-year-old Alpheus Rapholo has entered this exclusive club. Alpheus recen... Read More
Onions | 16 May 2022
Proprietary onions for the South African market - Northern Cape and Free State
The proprietary onion range has also been widely tested in the central production regions recently. Read More
Onions | 10 May 2022
Proprietary onions for the South African market - Brits
In the Brits area of the North West province, Kitara and Tusker have been extensively trialled. Read More
Onions | 4 May 2022
Proprietary onions for the South African market: Western Bosveld
Over recent seasons, growers in the Western Bosveld region of Limpopo have been introduced to some of the new proprietary onion varieties from the Starke Ayres onion breeding pr... Read More
Onions | 25 Apr 2022
Starke Ayres Onions: Power in Proprietaries
The launch of the Starke Ayres proprietary onion range in South Africa has been long-awaited and justifiably so. Read More