Since 2008, Weibulls Horto has distributed the Seminis onion portfolio in The Nordics. Annette Hägnefelt is the business manager at Weibulls Horto. With 30 years of experience in breeding and in vegetable seeds, she is now responsible for the product portfolio in Denmark and Sweden.
Annette says: ‘The onion market is very competitive at the moment. The onion prices, from the growers to retail, are not that high at the moment, so growers strongly demand reliable varieties, such as Barito.’
‘Barito is the most important variety in this region. It has been successful for many years and growers are quite devoted to this variety. They are used to it and know the features by heart. They are very happy with the performance of Barito.’ Annette continues: ‘Barito has an earlier slot than any other variety and it produces a high yield at an early stage as well. Another benefit of Barito is that it adapts well to all seasons as it can cope with all weather conditions. Barito is as uniform as an early variety can be and what’s more: Barito is tolerant to bolting.’ As mentioned else where in this newsletter, Seminis introduces a new variety: RS07751481. Annette and her clients already have some experience with it, as it has already been in trials for several years in the Nordics. Annette: ‘Our first experience with RS07751481 was positive, mainly because this onion shows a high percentage of bulbs in the 60 to 80 mm diameter. The product exels in uniformity and does well in storage.’