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Higgins Hi-Q Potato Seed Brand

At HGi we have an extensive investment programme which maintains our reputation for quality and innovation. Many of our most discerning seed customers, producing ware for the most demanding market places, understand the role that high quality seed can play in helping meet their customers’ requirements.

We have launched our Higgins Hi-Q seed brand to offer the highest quality of seed coupled with the highest quality of service and back up to all of our customers.

The improved specification below highlights the confidence we have in our production, procurement and disease testing systems.

HI-Q Seed versus normal SEERAD standards

Disease/Tuber Attribute

SEERAD

Higgins HI-Q

Blight

0.5% found by weight

0.5% found by weight

Blackleg

0.5% found by weight

0.5% found by weight

Soft Rots

0.5% found by weight

0.5% found by weight

Dry Rots

0.5% found by weight

0.5% found by weight

Gangrene

0.5% found by weight

0.5% found by weight

Frost

0.5% found by weight

0.5% found by weight

Total Rots

0.5% found by weight

0.5% found by weight

Skin Spot

2% by weight >
1/8 surface area

1% by weight >
1/8 surface area

Black Scurf

3% by weight >
1/4 surface area

1% by weight >
1/8 surface area

Common Scab

4% by weight >
1/4 surface area

4% by weight >
1/8 surface area

Powdery Scab -
rejection tolerance

3% by weight >
1/8 surface area

0.5% by weight >
1/8 surface area

Powdery Scab - potential stock infection permitted

97% by weight <
1/8 surface area

5% by weight <
1/8 surface area

Total Surface Diseases

4%

4%

Damage & Misshapes

2% > peeler damage

1% > peeler damage

Dirt

1% by weight

Trace. Stocks will be largely free from dirt

Sizing

2% over or undersize

1% over or undersize

Sprouting

No tolerance

5% with not more than 2mm sprouts

Sample

Unwashed

Unwashed

Additional Features of HI-Q Seed not covered by
Statutory Seed Tolerances

Disease/Tuber Attribute

SEERAD

Higgins HI-Q

Blackleg Loading

Unknown

Low - a

Physiological Age

Unknown

Known

Tuber Counts

N/A

Guaranteed +/- 5%

Traceability

Nil

Full details of crop history will be supplied

Logistics Guarantee

Nil

Seed will be delivered on the day it is required – b

Planting Recommendations

None

Supplied as
standard -c

a - Low means less than 200 live Erwinia cells per mm. Our experience is that this under most circumstances this level of loading is unlikely to lead to expression of blackleg in the field.

b - Initially we shall ask customers for a preferred delivery week. Not less than 28 days prior to the delivery week we shall agree a delivery date.

c - agronomy department will supply full planting recommendations, taking into account the end market and all other relevant factors.