Optima – Tala Valley​

The Optima F1 Hybrid is an excellent cabbage for KwaZulu-Natal farmers looking for great size, exceptional heat tolerance, and resistance to black rot. Offering superior resilience and yield potential, it is a natural choice for warm-weather farming conditions.

For KwaZulu-Natal farmers looking for a hardy, large cabbage variety well-suited to conditions in the province, the team at McDonalds Seeds recommends the Optima F1 Hybrid. Offering excellent yield potential, disease resistance, and sturdiness especially in warm weather conditions, this fresh market cabbage is a great choice for farmers.

Planted and tested at our research farm in Tala Valley, the Optima Cabbage has proven itself to be an outstanding summer variety – one recommended for warm areas and those prone to black rot. The big frame offers superior resilience across a range of conditions. It protects the heads against sunburn and wind damage and mature heads stand up well to the effects of frost and cool weather.

Off the back of our test harvest, Optima has proven itself to be the leading summer variety of cabbage in KwaZulu-Natal, with resistance to black rot, exceptional heat tolerance, and excellent holdability for a summer cabbage. Offering high yield potential, impressive results were consistently achieved throughout the warm season, with very good uniformity from the high-percentage first cut and spanning the overall harvest.

Transplant to maturity takes approximately 85 to 90 days. This large-headed cabbage is well-covered and its semi-erect growth habit means there is no water accumulation in the bottom of the plant. Early and late sowing in cool areas should be avoided to prevent bolting.

The team at McDonalds Seeds have been immensely impressed by the performance of this variety in local conditions. For those farmers battling with black rot pressures on their cabbage harvests, Optima offers a natural and effective solution. For sowing advice and more information, please contact one of the representatives at McDonalds Seeds for detailed specifications around the Optima cabbage variety.

McDonalds Seeds

McDonalds Seeds has served the farmer for over 112 years since its inception in 1902. We provide top quality tested seed especially suited to local conditions, supported by a dedicated and knowledgeable team offering technical back-up to our agents and customers across South Africa.

Nativa Summer Carrot Field

Nativa Summer Carrot Production Now Possible

Nativa Summer Carrot Field

What has been a limiting factor for carrot production in KwaZulu-Natal in summer has always been high disease pressure.

This is largely due to high humidity and fluctuating temperatures; especially from the months October to February.

Powdery Mildew and Alternaria have a devastating effect on carrot production during these months.

These are also them months where high prices can be reached due to difficult growing conditions , for example low supply = good demand = high prices.

With the intensive trialing over the years by Sakata Seeds and McDonalds Seeds attempted to find a cultivar which could withstand such conditions.

Nativa F1 Hybrid Carrot stood head and shoulders over a number of varieties as well as the standard commercial varieties.

Nativa Hybrid Carrot – Special features:

• Summer to early autumn sowing
• Very early maturing
• Excellent yield potential
• Very uniform roots
• High resistance to nematodes
• Great choice for the pre pack as well as the bulk market.

Be careful however of sowing early and high applications of Nitrogen due to the plant vigour.

The adaptability and performance of Nativa during these difficult months make it now possible to produce carrots in KZN when prices are high.

This is also coupled with a high yield potential – Nativa is a great choice for the pre pack as well as the bulk market.

Contact McDonalds Seeds for more information on this unique variety and sowing guidelines for your area.

Disco LL Tomato – A Great Choice For Every Tomato Farmer


Johan Stronhorst – Sakata Crop Manager – Tomato’s and Peppers and Hercules Maritz – Farm Manager – Hohls Farming Eshowe – in a field of Disco Tomato

Fifteen years ago Mayford released Disco LL F1 Hybrid Determinate Salad Tomato.

Today it is still the reliable and adaptable quality variety; making it a great choice for every tomato farmer.

Disco LL F1 Salad Tomato – Special Features

• Long shelf life tomato with an excellent track record.
• Improved colour and flavour.
• High yield potential with a high percentage of first grade fruit.
• The variety is aimed at the typical pre-pack market but for outdoor production.
• Excellent disease package including bacterial canker.
• Low nitrogen requirement because of vigorous growth habit

For more information and assistance on a fertilizer program to help you get the best out of this fantastic variety – contact McDonald Seeds.