In the picture: Farmer Stiaan Terblanche with a bunch of Sturgeon carrots.
“Sturgeon is beautifully cylindrical with round points, great taste and colour.”
After the success of carrot Dorado, new trial varieties from Bakker have been planted by Stiaan Terblanche in Phillipi, Western Cape. The original trials of Dorado were also planted by Stiaan Terblanche. From the latest trials, carrot Sturgeon stood out from the rest. Dorado came in at a close second. The two varieties complement each other excellently.
Carrots Cod and Neva, sown on both sides of the Sturgeon, were shorter and the leafage not so strong. Cod is a good looking carrot, cylindrical, but a number of carrots were shorter than the rest (clearly visible on the photograph), Sturgeon and Dorado’s leafage are very similar although the attachment of the Sturgeon leaf is much stronger.
Sturgeon is beautifully cylindrical with round points, great taste and colour. The trial was sown on 28 January 2022 and was harvested on 28 May although it could have been harvested in mid-May already. On the photograph where Stiaan Terblanhe is seen handling Sturgeon, it was in the soil for 140 days already, The size is clearly visible.
The yield potential of Sturgeon is very high. According to our calculations, 90 tons can be harvested at a plant density of 1.2 million per hectare. Yield is determined though, by cultivation practices and climatic conditions.
Written by Theo Scholtz – Senior Field Officer, Stellenbosch, Western Cape.