Asparagus seeds are at the very heart of the Global Plant Genetics business. Growers all over the globe can benefit from access to an industry leading portfolio of hybrids. These varieties will deliver sustained high performance in asparagus crops through high yields and excellent quality. Cutting edge technical advice also allows asparagus growers and nurseries to reach the maximum potential from each of the company’s varieties.
Jamie Petchell is co-owner and asparagus specialist within Global Plant Genetics. His knowledge of the asparagus crop is well renowned across the world as is his ability to deliver growing and marketing solutions to leading producers. He has specialist knowledge in the development of new asparagus hybrids and works with nurseries and growers to bring these to market. He has worked with several hundred asparagus hybrids in all the growing Continents over the globe. Jamie particularly enjoys working in asparagus trials and identifying new hybrids for full commercialisation.
“Developing farmers from South Africa were supported through a joint development project by The Jobs Fund and VKB Agriculture to source and import asparagus seed from abroad. Fortunately, we were referenced by a prominent local producer to Global Plant Genetics. From beginning to end we had a good experience in dealing with them. We have got very good advice and support from the company since we contacted them. They went out of their way to ensure that we could make the right decisions, not only regarding cultivar choice and quantity of seed, but general technical practices as well. The importation process was foreign to us, but in the end, it was made easy for us. The seed arrived on time, with phytosanitary aspects posing no problem. But most importantly, the quality of seed was excellent. Our nursery man, who has made thousands of asparagus seedlings over the years, said it was the best asparagus seed which he had ever seen. All in all, this meant that we were enabled to import good quality seed well within or budget and were able transplant good strong seedlings in optimum planting season.”-Piet Potgieter. Manager Developing Agriculture, VKB