With 100 years of experience...
in commercial and home grown vegetable breeding and production, and in flowering ornamentals, Sakata has survived world wars, economic crises and natural disasters to continuously create new standards in global vegetable and ornamental markets. In a marketplace characterized by intensive consolidation, we stand as a symbol of independence, innovation and reliability.
Specifically, as the undisputed leader in breeding and producing broccoli seed, our extensive research efforts for more than 50 years have produced varieties that have allowed growers to produce superior quality broccoli in a more economically sustainable and efficient way.
Sakata offers broccoli for almost every region. We have broccoli seed that can thrive in variable conditions throughout the year. No matter your location, we carry a broccoli for you! You can see our harvest scheule by clicking on the image below.
For many years, Sakata has maintained germplasm for the development of future varieties that are well adapted to varying weather conditions. At Sakata’s Salinas, CA and Yuma, AZ Research Stations in the Western U.S., Sakata spends a great amount of time in its R&D efforts throughout the year to develop and enhance its breeding programs to fulfill the growers’ needs. Additionally, in the Eastern U.S., Sakata trials various products annually and continues to adapt its breeding programs to fulfill the needs of growers who face varying weather conditions. Our Florida research station is specifically for research and development of varieties that need to work with the surrounding environment.
By making full use of the climate and environmental conditions in various regions around the world, we are able to develop new varieties ideally suited to a wide range of environments. Our research facilities feature advanced equipment for top-level research and development, including biotechnology.
The New! Broccoli Chart highlights Sakata’s broccoli harvest stages for successful production in key broccoli areas throughout the U.S., and a chart with detailed relative maturity information for Sakata varieties.
Commitment to the Broccoli Market
A trend in consumers leaning toward making purchases that are locally grown has been recognized by the broccoli industry. With the increase in shipping costs for all products alike, the dynamics of broccoli production have changed and growers throughout the nation are beginning to find they can be competitive and successful in growing this crop, to supply the local market.
Many years ago Sakata noticed a steady shift in consumer trends in regards to purchasing broccoli at both wholesale and retail outlets. Consumers wanted more “crown-cut” products (shorter stem, more floret) and short trim or “Asian cut” products (almost no stem; all floret). Although our program continues to breed for multi-use varieties including bunch, crown, fresh and frozen floret, we have concentrated considerable time and effort into the development of varieties that are more suited for the changing market. We continually develop new genetics that fit such shifts in consumer trends.
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