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Rijk Zwaan wins best variety at carrot trials day

Dutch vegetable breeder rewarded for 'Fidra RZ' carrots at variety showcase event hosted by the British Carrot Growers Association

Rijk Zwaan wins best variety at carrot trials day

Some 36 companies exhibited their products and services at the event

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Rijk Zwaan won the prize for the best variety at a BCGA trials day in North Yorkshire to showcase the latest innovations in carrots.

The winning variety, designed by Keith Stephens of the Dutch seed supplier, was 'Fidra RZ'. It is an early to mid-maincrop variety that produces high yields of smooth uniform roots and has strong, dark and upright foliage, making late lifting possible.

British carrot growers and seed specialists were joined by visitors from across Europe to assess the latest varieties at Scampston Estate in Malton on 6 October.

The event, which was hosted by Hobson Farming, attracted over 200 visistors and featured trials sown by the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB).

In addition, there were 36 companies exhibiting their products and services, ranging from crop protection to machinery, as well as pack house grading and cooling equipment.

British Carrot Growers Chairman, Rodger Hobson said: “This unique event brings together grower, packers and the wider carrot industry to see the latest developments in varieties and machinery.

"It has something for everyone and with the numbers attending it shows how important it is for UK carrots. In my opinion this is the best event we have ever held.” 

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