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Growers and Chain Partners Welcome at Bejo Open Days

Bejo is delighted to organize its Open Days once again in 2022 — the traditional way. From Tuesday, Sept. 27 to Saturday, Oct. 1, vegetable growers and business relations from around the world will visit the vegetable seed specialist in Warmenhuizen (The Netherlands) to become acquainted with their new varieties. The Bejo Open Days offer a unique opportunity to discuss developments, opportunities and challenges in the market, with the objective of growing tasty and healthy vegetables for consumers worldwide.

Discover Promising New Varieties

Bejo is focused on breeding robust varieties that generate high yields under various climatic conditions. Several new varieties were recently introduced to the market, which generally have inbred disease resistance. For example, Cumbia, the new celery variety, is resistant to Septoria and has excellent stem health. It is suitable for flow-pack, cutting plants and as sticks. Other examples are the yellow Highlander onion, the red Redlander onion and the Innovator shallot, all with high levels of resistance against mildew.

These varieties have proven themselves in the organic market, as well as for conventional growers. Bejo is also introducing Bazzu (Bejo 3395), a red beet with medium resistance to Rhizomania (IR: BNYVV). This beet is suitable for the fresh food market and the industry due to its good storability. This variety has high tolerance against all kinds of foliage diseases. The Nagoya carrot (Bejo 3265) is another variety that is an early, productive, cylindrical and very smooth Nantes that is highly resistant to cavity spot.

Inspiration for Chain and Consumer

Bejo inspires growers and supply chain partners alike with new vegetable applications and innovative vegetable concepts. Flavor, health and convenience are a high priority in this respect and will be elaborately discussed with partners throughout the supply chain during the Open Days. Bejo invests in flavor research to create a scientific basis for varieties with a clear flavor. Visitors can become acquainted with a multitude of varieties, such as Redi (purple sprouting broccoli) and the trendy CrispyCab flat cabbage concept. In addition, the spotlight will be on the attractive Purple Power varieties and kohlrabi. These varieties are consistent with current health trends and offer an excellent (colorful) variety in the diet.

Innovations in Seed Technology

Innovative technology is indispensable for the development and production of new varieties. A strong variety starts with good genetics. During the Research Tour, and with the help of an example of Chinese cabbage and the Fusarium fungi, it will become clear how resistance breeding works. The Seed Quality Tour follows the path covered by seed at Bejo after which it is ultimately supplied as a top-quality seed to growers all over the world.

In addition to conventional varieties, the organic varieties are also shown in the demo fields, and there is an opportunity to view an ongoing trial involving the natural control of thrips in white cabbage, sprouts and leeks. In this year’s edition, mechanization companies will once again demonstrate their latest innovations in the area of responsible solutions for the sector during the mechanization exhibition.

Bees and Bejo: Natural Partners

Naturally, attention will also be devoted to bees. Bejo invests in bees to not only safeguard natural pollination by healthy bee colonies on production fields, but also in the context of social interest. Bejo’s beekeepers are happy to tell visitors more about our bee breeding and bee health activities.

The Bejo Open Days will take place by invitation for customers and business relations from Tuesday, Sept. 27 to Friday, Sept. 30 (09:00 – 17:00), inclusive, at Trambaan 2a in Warmenhuizen, the Netherlands. On Saturday, Oct. 1 (09:00 – 16:00), family and neighbors are also welcome to visit us and discover Bejo.

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