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ASSEGAI delivers phenomenal yields.

Dawn Dew Farms, situated in Tarlton, Gauteng  planted ASSEGAI during the past summer season and achieved phenomenal yields with this new sweet corn variety from STARKE AYRES.


ASSEGAI was planted in late October at 65 000 seeds/Ha. The ideal plant population for this variety lies between 55 000 – 65 000 plants per hectare. The results at Dawn Dew were astonishing with an average yield of 25 tonnes per hectare on a 20 ha block.  ASSEGAI has been tested in various locations throughout the country in the past few seasons and consistently produced high yields.  Even so, the results from Dawn Dew were outstanding.

ASSEGAI is a very adaptable variety and is used in the pre-packing and processing segments of the market. ASSEGAI has a tall, strong growth habit and produces long ears with excellent kernel depth. It also has an excellent disease package with resistance to local strains of common rust.  Cobs are nicely refined with a typical length of 18 – 20cm and a diameter of 50mm. It is a medium maturing variety that can be harvested at approximately 90 days from sowing.  All these attributes make ASSEGAI a good all-rounder and combined with the excellent yield potential makes it a definite winner. According to Mr Patrick Da Souza of Dawn Dew Farms the combination of disease resistance and high yield makes ASSEGAI a very good choice for this time slot.


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