Radiance is now available for Canadian farmers to grow in 2019. The uniquely Canadian sweet potato was developed at Vineland and is suited to our shorter growing seasons. The root vegetable with red skin and bright, rich orange flesh produces high-yielding crops within 100 to 120 days from planting. That means growers can expect to harvest Radiance as early as mid- September and consumers can plan to include the new variety in their Thanksgiving dinner.
“Our government recognizes the critical role the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre plays in providing farmers with products that grow well in our climate and that deliver what consumers want. We are proud to support Vineland’s role in these Canadian-made varieties which help drive the horticulture sector forward,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.
“We are excited that the Radiance sweet potato – a plant unique to Ontario’s growing conditions – is ready for more farmers to plant this year,” said Ernie Hardeman, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “Our government is proud to support the development of innovative projects like this, which will help satisfy both farmer and consumer demand, through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.”
Other benefits of growing Radiance include:
- the ability to plant it in single rows or double rows with or without black plastic mulch
- an opportunity for growers with limited land to maximize yield when they do double row planting
“Radiance checks all the boxes for being a promising addition to a farm’s rotation of crops,” said Valerio Primomo, Research Scientist, Vegetable Breeding at Vineland. “We’re very excited that Radiance is now ready for wider, larger-scale planting after successful grower trials and consumer taste testing alongside some popular imported varieties.”