31 Mar 2021

Sustainable Vegetable Farm Days

Caption: Rijk Zwaan’s Sustainable Vegetable Farm Days

Sustainable Vegetable Farm Days were held in Daylesford, Victoria on Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th March 2021.

Param Turna, Account Manager for Rijk Zwaan, Victoria, hosted the event, which provided the opportunity to meet with local growers, as well as those throughout the vegetable seed chain to discuss sustainability, trends and experiences during this two-day event.

Param commented “It was a great opportunity to bring together community members and those from the supply chain to share experiences and learn from one other. We are excited to collaborate together with Agerris in sharing technology for growers, with precision robotics, artificial intelligence and crop intelligence, which can assist in building a sustainable farming future.”

Sustainable Vegetable Farm Days

Caption: Aerial image of the trial field

Sustainable Vegetable Farm Days

Caption: Agerris Robot

With an increase in local-to-local fresh produce and urban farming, guests from CERES, environmental education and community garden centre based in Melbourne, discussed local trends and issues.

Tim March, Managing Director of Rijk Zwaan, Australia, talked about biodiversity, breeding for sustainability and our development of natural traits and resistances including Blueleaf®, Knox™, CleanLeaf® and the role of varieties in integrated pest management.

Sustainable Vegetable Farm Days

Caption: Tim March, Managing Director, Rijk Zwaan Australia

Visitors and those from nearby properties were invited to view Rijk Zwaan’s field crops and trial demonstrations, including our new carrot variety, Ymer RZ and Jerada RZ, a bunching variety. Celery varieties, Kelvin RZ and Tejal RZ were also on display.

Sustainable Vegetable Farm Days

Caption: Carrot trials with Variety Ymer RZ and Jerada RZ

Sustainable Vegetable Farm Days

Celery trials with varieties Kelvin RZ and Tejal RZ

Brassicas generated interest from guests, especially with our new purple cauliflower variety, Lavender RZ and the green Romanesco cauliflower, Puntoverde RZ. Another variety of particular interest was Rijk Zwaan’s baby silverbeet variety, Charsano RZ.

Sustainable Vegetable Farm Days

Caption: Romanesco Cauliflower variety Puntoverde RZ

As part of the program, Param discussed the Knox™ trait, which delays the browning and pinking in lettuce and extends shelf life of lettuce produce for consumers. While Wex Woo, Digital Phenotyping Specialist talked about Drone Plant Phenotyping, with a display of Rijk Zwaan’s drone and capabilities.

Health Futures provided refreshments and snacks on the day to the delight of participants.

Sustainable Vegetable Farm Days

Caption: Luke and Shelly from Health Futures and Steven Roberts, Rijk Zwaan’s Managing Director, Australia