Read the latest Starke Ayres Seed News magazine

Blog | 25 August 2023
A Fascinating Journey through the Life Cycle of Vegetables with Starke Ayres
There is a lot that goes on to bring vegetables from farm to table. From planting to harvesting, learn about the journey of growing vegetables. Read More on this
Melon | 24 August 2023
Honey Sweet Melon Range
Starke Ayres’ proven and popular Honeydew melon range caters for production during all seasons. Read More on this
Onions | 8 August 2023
Reflecting on two contrasting onion seasons
What a difference a year makes. Rarely, if ever, have two consecutive onion seasons in the northern regions of South Africa contrasted more than those of 2021 and 2022. Read More on this
Kenya | 8 August 2023
Welcome to the Naivas Experience
Starke Ayres Kenya has partnered with the country’s largest supermarket chain, Naivas. The chain currently has 87 stores spread across the country and employs more than 8,000 st... Read More on this
Lettuce | 1 August 2023
Starke Ayres Specialty Lettuce Range
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19 July 2023
New varieties revealed at Central Region Onion Farmer's’ Day
Current commercial varieties as well as exciting new ones to be launched soon were showcased at an onion farmers’ day in November 2022, in the small town of Koffiefontein in Sou... Read More on this
19 July 2023
Vegetable breeding in South Africa – The Starke Ayres success story
Anybody who has successfully grown their own vegetables understands the effort inherent in cultivating a successful crop – it is hands-on and requires focus and attention. Read More on this
13 July 2023
Seed Treatment and Protection: Ensuring Healthy Seedlings
Seed quality is crucial when it comes to a vegetable garden that thrives. This blog will tell you more about seed treatment and why it matters for your garden. Read More on this
Sweet Corn | 12 July 2023
Our new sweetcorn stars
Starke Ayres sweetcorn hybrids are successfully sold internationally. The material generated by our inhouse breeding programme is rigorously tested in different parts of the wor... Read More on this
Tomato | 4 July 2023
All-year tomato variety Zulani thrives in the border region
Over the past few years, Zulani* has proven to be successful as an all-year tomato variety for growing under protection in the greater East London area. It has shown good adapta... Read More on this
Blog | 3 July 2023
A Beginner's Guide to Starting a Vegetable Garden from Seeds
Starke Ayres, the experts in all things vegetable gardens, are sharing five simple steps on how to start your own vegetable garden at home. Read More on this
Sweet Corn | 26 June 2023
The importance of planting your sweetcorn at the correct depth
Planting your sweetcorn at the correct depth is critical for max-imising yield potential. The correct planting depth is essential for proper root development, growth and uniform... Read More on this
Pumpkins | 19 June 2023
Delilah joins the stars
Warrior was launched in 2013 and since then it has formed the grey pumpkin range with the STARS 7022, 7026 and 7028. Read More on this
Blog | 15 June 2023
How Starke Ayres are Empowering South African Farmers for a Sustainable Future
Starke Ayres strive to produce seeds that will help farmers across South Africa produce quality crops that will ensure a sustainable future. Read More on this
Onions | 12 June 2023
Aldina onion achieves impressive yields in Koue Bokkeveld, Sandveld
Aldina* is a new medium-early, intermediate F1 hybrid onion variety from Starke Ayres, which again set high expectations last season. Read More on this
Zambia | 1 June 2023
A tale of Starke Ayres excellence at the 28th Jinja National Agricultural Show
After two years of Covid-19 around the world and several months of restricted movements and lockdowns in Uganda, farming communities were elated to attend the National Agricultu... Read More on this
Broccoli | 1 June 2023
Gongga: tougher than the rest
Gongga* is a new broccoli variety recently introduced to the South African market. Withstanding the temperature fluctuations and weekly rain of KwaZulu-Natal’s past summer seaso... Read More on this
Pepper | 17 May 2023
Komatipoort pepper field day is sweet
Starke Ayres hosted a pepper field day at JF Steyn Boerdery in Komatipoort in August 2022, at which the Starke Ayres sweet pepper range was showcased to farmers and industry rol... Read More on this
Cabbage | 10 May 2023
Kilimo F1 hybrid cabbage embraced in Mount Kenya Region
Teresa Wambugu, the regional agronomist of Starke Ayres, shared samples of Kilimo, an F1 hybrid cabbage, with farmers in the Kagochi, Mbiriri and Mutaga areas in the Mount Kenya... Read More on this
Beans | 2 May 2023
STAR 2001 still a champion in KwaZulu-Natal
Growers in KwaZulu-Natal experienced an amazing season with the tried and trusted green bean, STAR 2001. Read More on this
Onions | 18 April 2023
New bunching onion variety Velocity promises good returns
Starke Ayres has released Velocity, a new bunching onion variety. Velocity has been widely trialled as OB 092 and will be familiar to some producers. Read More on this
Herbs | 11 April 2023
American Long and Moroccan: perfect coriander varieties for summer
When summer is in full swing, it is important to make the right variety decision when planting coriander, especially in sub-tropical areas. Read More on this
Cauliflower | 3 April 2023
Spacedream - a new winter cauliflower
Spacedream* is the latest addition to our winter cauliflower range and has produced outstanding results when transplanted from February through to June. Read More on this
Zimbabwe | 22 February 2023
STAR 9009 tomato: the green machine
The Green Machine roars on. This time it enabled farmer Bright Masigo, of Range Junita Farm near Gweru, to buy another machine: a dark blue Nissan Sylphy. Read More on this