Visitors to the Seminis exhibitor plot at the 2021 Lockyer Valley Growers expo will see commercial and pipeline material from across key portfolios including Broccoli, Cauliflower, Spinach, Cabbage as well as new arrivals in Carrots.
With first sowings completed in late January, momentum is building towards an outstanding demonstration of the Seminis portfolio at this year’s event. Visitors will get to walk through crops adapted to the South East Queensland winter growing windows. The Seminis team are also working hard behind the scenes, to bring produce from out-of-season crops to showcase at the event.
New Bayer Vegetables Commercial Lead for Australia and New Zealand Darren Wood, said the timing of the expo to support Hort Connections makes it a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate the best of Seminis’ brassica and leafy portfolios as well as other crops grown around the region, such as protected peppers, tomatoes and sweetcorn.
“Hort Connections is going to attract a wide range of interested growers and industry partners, so it makes sense that we would look to find ways to offer attendees the chance to walk through in-season crops and have conversations around other products not grown at that time.
“To do that, we are working with key collaborators in different parts of the country, where those varieties are in their growing seasons, to have produce ready and brought down to our demonstration site. This way, growers can see fruit and learn more about the new material, ready for when these varieties come into the suitable slot in South East Queensland,” Darren said.
Darren also said Seminis carrot varieties are showing good performance in trials and will be available at the Field Day. “We have started seeing early success in our carrot trials across Australia, which is an exciting development for us,” he said.
In addition to vegetable seeds products, Bayer crop protection will also be on hand to discuss chemistry options and formulations.
Darren said there is every reason for the whole industry to turn out and support the field day this year.
“We all know the 2020 story – between droughts, labour shortages, fires and pandemics the industry has been hit hard.
“At Bayer, we’re proud to support the Lockyer Valley Growers Association as a demonstrator at this great event. We look forward to seeing everyone there,” Darren said.