In addition to its new melon varieties, BASF Vegetable Seeds showcased its new watermelon offering alongside the range that has made it the market leader at the Nunhems Business Event For Experts in Cartagena.
Coliseo F1* was one of the stars of the new edition of the Business Event For Experts on melons and watermelons organized by Vegetable Seeds between June 25 and July 4 at its experimental field station in La Palma (Cartagena, Spain), but by no means the only one. The seeds developer introduced a new Santa Claus melon with moderate resistance to the New Delhi virus for late-season transplants in Murcia, the NUN 68307 MEM F1*, a variety of outstanding quality, a high Brix level, attractive external appearance and towards the heavier end of the scale, weighing in at around 3.5 kilos. To round off the growing cycle in Murcia, Nunhems also introduced the Salgado F1 for mid-season transplants, a melon that offers excellent production, very uniform fruits towards the heavier end of the scale, excellent flavour and good post-harvest performance.
“The cornerstone on which Nunhems varietal development rests, has always been, and continues to be, internal quality,” asserted José Ramón Naranjo, Melon Sales Specialist at BASF Vegetable Seeds. José Ramon added: “Our goal is to introduce varieties with optimum resistance and good storage properties without relinquishing flavor.”
Coliseo F1*, the first Santa Claus variety with moderate resistance to the New Delhi virus (ToLCNDV), is the proof. “It is a very comprehensive melon”, said Naranjo, who highlighted its production performance, attractive external format and great flavour, in addition to its resistance. Coliseo F1 is recommended for late-season transplants in Almeria (in greenhouses) and La Mancha, as well as early season planting in Murcia.
With the Coliseo F1* and the NUN 68307 F1*, BASF Vegetable Seeds offers farmers additional assurance at times of the season when there is greater white fly pressure, a carrier of the New Delhi virus.
Galkia all year round
Kirene F1, Kinder F1, Kinetic F1 and, from this season, Kinium F1* are the varieties that make up the Galkia Galia melon range from BASF Vegetable Seeds. With the aim of extending the harvest window and thus providing the market with high quality Galia melons for as long as possible, the seed producer currently has four varieties in the development phase which also have improved resistance. All of them have the excellent flavor of Kirene F1, the first variety in the Galkia range, which has become a benchmark in the market.
Galkia was created with a mission: to deliver better quality consistently. Consequently, the varieties in this range have a very clear ripeness indicator, turning from green to yellow as soon as they reach their optimum cutting point. BASF Vegetable Seeds is now working to continue supporting farmers with the inclusion of new resistance properties without relinquishing the high flavor standard set by Galkia.
The watermelon leaders
BASF Vegetable Seeds has played a key role in the last 20 years in watermelon development, helping to double the area under cultivation of this crop, its exports and per capita consumption figures, which now stands at just over 10 kilos per person per year. Over all these years, both market demand and the typical consumer profile have evolved: there have been changes in the marketing and distribution channel, consumers are more concerned about their health, online sales have increased, etc. However, one thing has remained a constant: consumer demand for high quality.
“Our mission is to contribute to more sustainable farming by adding value to every link in the chain, from production through to the end consumer, not forgetting our social and environmental responsibilities,” noted Pere Montón, the Watermelon Account Manager at BASF Vegetable Seeds, who also noted that Nunhems is a force in all the main market segments: top quality striped and black seedless watermelons, mini, midi and individual portion sizes, and watermelons for processing.
In the first of these market segments, Montón highlighted the striped Moon Gem F1 and the Bazman F1 watermelons as well as the black seedless Stellar F1. In the midi watermelon range, the novelty is Kalanda F1*, a pollinator with Premium F1 micro-seeds of between 3 and 4 kilos, while in the individual portion segment the newcomer from BASF Vegetable Seeds is the Hiromi F1*, a striped watermelon of between 1.5 and 2.5 kilos. “With Hiromi F1* we are offering farmers a productive variety that is easy to grow, while consumers can expect a small-caliber watermelon with crispy red flesh and a great flavor,” explained Montón.
For processing, BASF Vegetable Seeds offers varieties such as the NUN 31609 WMW F1* which addresses industrial needs without relinquishing a great taste experience for consumers. These are crispy, flavoursome watermelons with a deep red flesh.
Finally, in the yellow watermelon segment and as a complement to the Pekin F1, this year BASF Vegetable Seeds is presenting the NUN 09003 WMW F1* with a higher caliber that is more suited to processing.
* APC granted and currently in the application process for inclusion in the EC Common Catalogue of Vegetable Varieties.