Luisetti Seeds has been trialling new bean cultivars that may have an advantage over the cultivars currently used in the New Zealand frozen vegetable industry.
The trials, which were located at Leeston in a paddock of green beans, were harvested for the Heinz Wattie factory at Hornby.
The green and yellow cultivars were assessed in the field for yield, disease resistance and plant architecture.
At harvest time, a further analysis was carried out to determine their suitability for processing. This included assessing colour, blemishes, stalk retention and factory yields.
Data gained from the trial will be compared to current New Zealand bean cultivar results and assessed by our frozen vegetable customers.