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  • Seminis Spinach Guide

    www.seminis.com.au

    2016/2017

  • Every day for 150 years, Seminis has worked to empower our growers by improving the vegetables they grow and providing solutions to their toughest challenges.

    Today we are the worlds largest developer and marketer of vegetable seeds. But reaching this milestone hasnt been an easy journey. Its a painstaking process that requires patience and the belief that every generation can be better than the last.

    At Seminis, were constantly thinking of the next generation. Not just the next generation of seeds, but the next generation of growers and families all over the world.

  • John Meeuwsen is one of Monsantos most experienced breeders based in the Netherlands. John breeds new spinach varieties each year for different markets around the world, including Australia and New Zealand, North and South America, Europe and Asia.

    Tell us a little about your background and how you became involved in Monsantos spinach program

    I started my career for De Ruiter Seeds in 1995 breeding Lebanese cucumbers and after 13 years I moved to breeding specialty tomatoes. When Monsanto acquired De Ruiter Seeds I began breeding spinach.

    Monsantos spinach breeding program has run for 30 years and has had many successes: weve made great breakthroughs with Pfs17, Pfs113 and Pfs114 resistant varieties. (Pfs is Downy Mildew). With all the experience in the company and the newest technologies available, it is the most challenging program for me so far.

    Spinach is a challenging crop from both a breeding perspective and a disease development perspective. Spinach is mainly a wind pollinated crop, which gives us scale and hybridity challenges. Pressure from Downy Mildew means us spinach breeders must adapt our portfolio almost every year. There is never a dull moment.

    How important is your interaction with growers in the breeding process?

    The growers are the start and end point of the whole breeding process. I travel as much as possible to interact with growers. I am looking forward to a visit to Australia in April 2016. On the other side I receive a lot of feedback from growers visiting our breeding station in the Netherlands. My goal is to hear from growers what is good and what is bad, but more importantly what they think is important for the future. Breeding is a long term process; it takes between five and eight years to bring a new variety to the market, so the information growers share is key to my breeding program and future developments.

    What sort of leaf types are you breeding for?

    The breeding program in the Netherlands is a global program serving all leaf types: smooth, savoy and oriental and all cropping purposes from Baby Leaf, bunching and processing. Each region, grower and processor requires its own leaf shape; the triangular, oriental leaf shape is popular in Asia, and the savoy and smooth leaf type are preferred in Europe, America and Australia.

    What are Australian growers looking for in new spinach varieties?

    For Australia, we mainly work on Downy Mildew resistant Baby Leaf varieties, with dark, shiny, thick, oval to round leaves, varieties like SV2146VB and SV2157VB. Varieties we offer to Australia should have variable growth speed for all seasons.

    How does Monsanto ensure growers can stay ahead of new strains of diseases?

    We put a lot of resources into monitoring diseases and breeding for resistance. We cooperate with growers all over the world to collect diseases. As growers monitor a problematic disease, they can contact us and well start working on identification straight away. Downy Mildew is our most important but we also breed for leafspot and wilting diseases.

    New Downy Mildew races develop all of the time and breeding for Downy Mildew resistance has become one of my biggest challenges as a plant breeder. As soon as a new Downy Mildew race pops up we start looking for resistances to cross into our newest germplasm.

    What is your favourite vegetable to eat, and why?

    Spinach of course! I always have the opportunity to eat spinach all through the day, and it still remarkable to see the different salad dishes my wife prepares in the evening to continue eating spinach. My favourite way to eat spinach is in a salad mixed with specialty tomatoes and Lebanese cucumbers then you have the best mix.

    Hear from our breeder: John Meeuwsen

    LEAFY 3

  • Seminis spinach varieties

  • LEAFY 5

    SV2994VCThis dark green, flat leaf variety has medium thickness delivering a good yield. It demonstrates great uniformity in leaf size and shape. This variety has similar characteristics to earlier Seminis variety Palaos and can be considered an ideal replacement.

    FEATURES

    Vigour (scale 1:10): 5

    Leaf Shape: Round

    Smoothness: Smooth

    Leaf Colour:

    Resistances: HR Pfs:113, 15, 16

    Usage: Baby Leaf

    NEW variety

    SV6203VBThis variety has a round, semi savoy, medium green leaf. Exceptional uniformity in leaf shape, size and height. Its thick leaves result in a high yield. Works well from the Autumn shoulder right through the Winter.

    FEATURES

    Vigour (scale 1:10): 5

    Leaf Shape: Round

    Smoothness: Semi-savoy

    Leaf Colour:

    Resistances: HR Pfs:113, 15

    Usage: Baby Leaf

    NEW variety

  • 6 LEAFY

    IslandIsland spinach leaves are very round, dark and shiny with short cotyledons. Because of its savoy to semi-savoy leaf type, Island is suitable for the fresh market, producing a very uniform final product. This summer spinach is excellent quality and can be considered as a Menorca alternative.

    FEATURES

    Vigour (scale 1:10): 2

    Leaf Shape: Round

    Smoothness: Semi-savoy

    Leaf Colour:

    Resistances: HR Pfs: 111, 13, 15, 16 IR Cv/Sb

    Usage: Baby Leaf

    MenorcaProven performance when the heat is on. A mid-summer spinach variety that offers excellent yield.

    FEATURES

    Vigour (scale 1:10): 1

    Leaf Shape: Round

    Smoothness: Savoy

    Leaf Colour:

    Resistances: HR Pfs: 17, 9, 13, 15, 16

    Usage: Baby Leaf and bunching

  • LEAFY 7

    MolokaiMolokai is an ideal replacement for the spinach variety Palaos.

    FEATURES

    Vigour (scale 1:10): 6

    Leaf Shape: Round

    Smoothness: Smooth

    Leaf Colour:

    Resistances: HR Pfs: 113,15

    Usage: Baby Leaf

    SV3580VCSV3580VC is a reliable and versatile, smooth leaf spinach. It is the preferred variety for processors due to its post-harvest qualities. With an upright plant habit this is a convenient alternative that offers good yield between seasons.

    FEATURES

    Vigour (scale 1:10): 6

    Leaf Shape: Oval

    Smoothness: Smooth

    Leaf Colour:

    Resistances: HR Pfs:113, 15, 16

    Usage: Baby Leaf and bunching

  • 8 LEAFY

    RS06661470RS06661470s leaves are dark green, round shaped and semi-savoy. Vigorous and fast growing, RS06661470 is best suited for the Winter timeslot and is suitable for Baby Leaf.

    FEATURES

    Vigour (scale 1:10): 8

    Leaf Shape: Round

    Smoothness: Semi-savoy

    Leaf Colour:

    Resistances: HR Pfs: 110 IR Cd/Cv/Sb

    Usage: Baby Leaf

    NighthawkNighthawk has extremely good yield potential. It has an upright habit, producing semi-savoyed leaves that are medium green in colour. It performs best in cold Winter conditions.

    FEATURES

    Vigour (scale 1:10): 10

    Leaf Shape: Oval to slightly pointed

    Smoothness: Semi-savoy

    Leaf Colour:

    Resistances: HR Pfs: 17, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16

    Usage: Baby Leaf

  • SV1846VCSV1846VC is a thick leaf spinach variety, which increases yield. The variety produces uniformly shaped and sized leaves, which are suitable for both baby and bunching lines.

    FEATURES

    Vigour (scale 1:10): 8

    Leaf Shape: Oval to slightly pointed

    Smoothness: Smooth

    Leaf Colour:

    Resistances: Pfs: races 1 - 14

    Usage: Baby Leaf and bunching

    LEAFY 9

    SV1820VCSV1820VC is slower maturing through the summer providing the grower with a good midsummer management tool. SV1820VC is an upright variety with an attractive dark green leaf colour with good leaf thickness and yield.

    FEATURES

    Vigour (scale 1:10): 1

    Leaf Shape: Round

    Smoothness: Smooth

    Leaf Colour:

    Resistances: HR Pfs: races 114, 16

    Usage: Baby Leaf

  • 10 LEAFY

    SV2157VBSV2157VB shines all summer long. The variety has excellent thickness, uniformity and field holding ability. With very dark glossy leaves and a good yield potential this is an attractive variety that adapts very well to a summer production.

    FEATURES

    Vigour (scale 1:10): 3

    Leaf Shape: Round erect

    Smoothness: Semi-savoy

    Leaf Colour:

    Resistances: HR Pfs:113, 15, 16

    Usage: Baby Leaf

    SV2146VBSV2146VB is a semi-savoy Baby Leaf variety ideal for ease of harvest. High yield potential. Strong post-harvest leaf integrity with resistance to bruising.

    FEATURES

    Vigour (scale 1:10): 3

    Leaf Shape: Round

    Smoothness: Semi-savoy

    Leaf Colour:

    Resistances: HR Pfs: races 113, 15, 16

    Usage: Baby Leaf

  • LEAFY 11

    SV3523VCSV3523VC has healthy and attractive leaves with good bolting tolerance and an erect leaf habit.

    FEATURES

    Vigour (scale 1:10): 10

    Leaf Shape: Oriental

    Smoothness: Smooth

    Leaf Colour:

    Resistances: HR Pfs: 111,13

    Usage: Baby Leaf and bunching

    RS06683549Offers growers a fast maturing, easily harvested Winter variety.

    FEATURES

    Vigour (scale 1:10): 8

    Leaf Shape: Round

    Smoothness: Semi-savoy

    Leaf Colour:

    Resistances: HR Pfs: 111, 13, 15, 16

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