FIRST LOOK - Inspired Tomato

This is your exclusive sneak peek at De Ruiter seed innovation to come. Though we’re still learning and optimizing this variety, we look forward to potentially launching this variety soon.

Tested for the first time in North America in 2017, Inspired (previously trialed under precommercial designation DRTH5013) is the third generation tomato of an exceptional beef steak line from the De RuiterTM brand. With a high average degrees Brix and a great taste experience for consumers, Inspired is a world-class tomato that exemplifies the art and science of innovation.

Larger fruits tend to deliver lower average degrees Brix, but despite its positionin the tomato beef segment, Inspired offers high average degrees Brix witha large fruit size. Internal data from testing 20 fruits on 12 plants in 2017 shows an outstanding average degrees Brix of 4.6 for Inspired, while Torero and Touché showed 3.7 and 3.9 respectively. In 2018, Inspired boasted average degrees Brix of 4.8 in our internal trials of 30 fruits on 12 plants, while Torero delivered average degrees Brix at 3.8.

With ongoing internal and external trials in 2019, we are happy to see Inspired offering an impressive combination of taste and high average degrees Brix, helping ensure growers that they’re bringing a masterpiece to market.

Highlights

  • Higher average degrees brix compared to Torero and Kivu
  • Deep red color external and internal
  • Shiny, large fruits
  • High yield potential
  • High plant vigor
  • Best early quality results when grown non-grafted in the high-tech greenhouse sector
  • Suitable for artificial growing environment

Agronomics

Disease resistance package

  • HR: ToMV:0-2/Ff:A-E/Fol:1,2/For/Va:1/Vd:1; IR: On/Ma/Mi/Mj
  • DRTH5013 has the disease resistance package that growers expect on a tomato rootstock, plus a bonus of intermediate resistance against powdery mildew

Plant vigor

Due to its vegetative response and very high plant vigor, we have seen the best results in our trials from Inspired in non-grafted crops, which have delivered better fruit quality early in season versus grafted crops. When grafted, it’s ideal to use a generative rootstock like DR0138TX. We do not recommended grafting on DR0141TX due to a combination of strong vegetative scion to a strong rootstock.

Earliness

In our trials, Inspired started yielding at the same time as Torero in 2017. However, it started two days later in 2018 and four days later in 2019. In order to minimize this gap, a more aggressive leaf removal is recommended before the first harvest of the season. Inspired should be able to handle this due to its large fruit size and high plant vigor. In order to help balance the plant early in season, winding instead of clipping in the first few weeks is ideal.

Fruit weight

Inspired delivers a fruit that is ~20 grams heavier than Torero, hovering around 300 grams for the year in our trials. Fruits in the first truss are larger. When grown as a main crop, a nitrogen-balanced fertilization is recommended to make the first sets more balanced.

Fruit quality

Inspired offers beautiful, high-gloss fruits that are impressive when yielded early in the season. Fruits turn from dark green to orange to red. Inspired has shown less fruit fall compared to Torero. 

Inspired has shown a higher incidence of blossom-end scar than Torero and Touché that can be managed to a very low level. Non-grafted plants have shown the best results with little to no blossom-end scar. Usually, the scars fade away after the first set of fruits. If the plant is in balance, blossom-end scar should not be a concern. If grafting is an option, a generative rootstock such as DR0138TX is a good option. Ensure your crop is driven generatively early in season.

Information is based upon the glasshouse trial data from 2018 and 2019 from 2 external locations and 1 internal location with 6 to 9 assessments of 50 to 250 plants, except where otherwise indicated. 
† Experimental designation. Experimental/precommercial varieties are being shown/described for demonstration purposes only and are not being offered for sale.
Performance may vary, from location to location and from year to year, as local growing, soil and weather conditions may vary. Growers should evaluate data from multiple locations and years whenever possible and should consider the impacts of these conditions on the grower’s fields.
Any recommendations in this article are based upon glasshouse observations and feedback received from a limited number of trials and locations. These recommendations should be considered as one reference point and should not be substituted for the professional opinion of agronomists, entomologists or other relevant experts evaluating specific conditions.
KEY TO DISEASE RESISTANCE
Ff: Lead mold
Fol: Fusarium wilt
For: Fusarium crown and root rot
ToMV: Tomato mosaic virus
Ma/Mi/Mj: Root-knot nematode
On: Powdery mildew
Va/Vd: Verticillium wilt
HR = High Resistance
IR = Intermediate Resistance
To find out more about disease resistance and the applicable levels of disease resistance, visit https://www.worldseed.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Definition_on_reaction_plants_to_pests_2017_final.pdf.
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