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SHIBA butternut thriving

SHIBA butternut squash continues to impress. With good internal quality, a small seed cavity and a beautiful, tan coloured skin, this variety should be included in any fresh market segment planting, with fruit size between 1 kg and 1,5 kg.

SHIBA is early maturing, 85 – 95 days, depending on season, and can be planted at a plant population of 12 000 to 16 000 plants/ha. If planted at lower plant populations, it can produce bigger fruit size as well. Within a recent commercial frost-free winter planting, SHIBA produced excellent quality fruit, with good uniformity in shape and size.

Very good yields were achieved and marketed. The butternut squash has a lot of flesh because the neck is non-tapering which means it doesn’t become thinner at the end.

Contact Starke Ayres customer service at +27-86-078-2753 for more information. Also visit their website at www.starkeayres.co.za or by clicking on the logo above.

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