Eric Oneo of Oneo Farms in the Tarlton area is very fond of the Starke Ayres brand and has used many of its different crops and varieties in his farming enterprise. Oneo Farms has 23 hectares of vegetables planted, of which 5000 m² is under cover.
Eric is hands-on with his farming practices and cultivar choices, and faces the various challenges of farmers head-on, including hail in summer and severe frost in winter.
Labour is his largest expense when he does his crop planning, and trials are an important instrument in the success of Oneo Farms. Earlier this year, he selected RHEMUS Sweet Pepper from Starke Ayres to plant in his tunnels. The RHEMUS was planted in March and performed excellently. What impressed the most was the strong plant, the good fruit quality and excellent yield. RHEMUS produced fruits that were the ideal size for his market, and he also managed to keep the RHEMUS going right through the winter.
The RHEMUS, which was planted at a high density (close together) at three plants/m², will be in production until January 2020 before he takes it out for the next crop. RHEMUS is a hybrid sweet pepper highly resistant to Tobacco Mosaic Virus (TMV strain 0) and Bacterial Leaf Spot (Strain 1, 2, 3), and has intermediate resistance to Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV). It produces uniform blocky fruit, with very thick walls, and the plant structure is compact with good leaf cover. The variety is highly adaptable to different climates. Fruit characteristics include an average fruit mass of between 180 g and 200 g, fruit being on average, 10 cm long and 10 cm wide. The quality of the bull-nosed fruit (four lobes) is very good, with a smooth and glossy skin.
RHEMUS has thick walls with excellent shelf life even when picked at a deep red colour. It also has a high pack out percentage. Apart from sweet pepper, Oneo Farms also produces broccoli, cauliflower, baby marrows, red cabbage and green beans.
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What does the word mean?
Highly resistant: A plant that cannot be infected by a specific virus.
Intermediate resistance: A healthy plant that has some resistance to a certain virus, but could get infected if the plant is not healthy enough.
Trials: Trying different varieties of plants to see which one grows the best.