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Lettuce | 2 November 2022
L670 punches back against Fusarium in KwaZulu-Natal
L670 impressed growers, with its uniformity and ideal head and frame size for their market. L670 is attractive for the local KwaZulu-Natal market owing to its size, which optima... Read More on this
Butternut | 26 October 2022
Melora Butternut: A perfect match for any KZN market
This season Melora – a variety perfect in size and that produces excellent yields – was planted with great success in KwaZulu-Natal. Read More on this
Cabbage | 17 October 2022
Lunaria: the all-new, high-performing summer cabbage
Lunaria has been trialled in Gauteng, the North West, Limpopo, the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal areas as C 1314, and has performed very well against opposition varieties. Read More on this
Brassica | 10 October 2022
Growing brassicas in adverse conditions
Owing to the rapid increase in horticulture yields in Zimbabwe, there is now periodic saturation in local markets. Charter Seeds has advised farmers to target more profitable ou... Read More on this
Cauliflower | 3 October 2022
Update on Kamino, the new, superior-quality summer cauliflower
Great news! Commercial Kamino cauliflower seed will be available from early July 2022. Read More on this
Uganda | 27 September 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 on this
Our History | 19 September 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 on this
Butternut | 13 September 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 on this
Sweet Corn | 6 September 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 on this
Cabbage | 29 August 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 on this
Pepper | 23 August 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 on this
Onions | 15 August 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 on this
Onions | 8 August 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 on this
Onions | 2 August 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 on this
Onions | 25 July 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 on this
Onions | 19 July 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 on this
International | 12 July 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 on this
Lettuce | 1 July 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 on this
Plennegy Group | 23 June 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 on this
Home Gardening | 20 June 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 on this
Tomato | 20 June 2022
Tinyoni Farm Produce
Tomato and green pepper farming Sidvokodvo, Eswatini Read More on this
Pepper | 14 June 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 on this
Tomato | 7 June 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 on this
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 on this