SHIBA butternut squash continues to impress. With good internal quality, a small seed cavity and a beautiful, tan coloured skin, this variety should be included in any fresh market segment planting, with fruit size between 1kg and 1.5kg
SHIBA is early maturing, 85-95 days, depending on season, and can be planted at a plant population of 12 000 to 16 000 plants/ha. If planted at lower plant populations, it can produce bigger fruit size as well.
Within a recent commercial frost-free winter planting, SHIBA produced excellent quality fruit, with good uniformity in shape and size. Very good yields were achieved and marketed.
Flesh recovery of SHIBA is extremely good, due to the non-tapering neck.