British Carrot Growers Association Variety Trials Day 2016

by Tim Mudge

Carrot industry gathers for variety trials day.

The UK carrot industry gathered in North Yorkshire on the 6th October to assess the latest varieties.  Hosted by Hobson Farming the event attracted over 200 visitors, exhibitors and seedsman on the Scampston Estate field. Trials had been sown by NIAB and were carefully prepared by the seed companies.

In addition to the trails there were 36 companies exhibiting their products and services ranging from crop protection, to machinery and including pack house grading and cooling equipment. British Carrot Growers Chairman, Rodger Hobson said “This unique event brings together grower, packers and the wider carrot industry to see the latest developments in varieties and machinery.  It has something for everyone and with the numbers attending it shows how important it is for UK carrots. In my opinion this is the best event we have ever held.”

In addition to the UK industry there were visitors from France, Italy and Eastern Europe and the Netherlands.  There was a competition to find the best variety in show, put forward by the seed companies, and this was won by Rik Zwaan variety “Fidra RZ” and the prize was collected by Keith Stephens.

Details of next year’s event will be announced when the host site is confirmed in the coming months.