Parsnip Variety Trials

These field-day notes report on a Parsnip variety trial, conducted from June to December 2011, in the Cranbourne area.

Previous research has implicated Pythium species in parsnip root rot.

During the trial 12 parsnip varieties and a Hamberg parsley were evaluated for disease resistance, yield, foliage colour, vigour and susceptibility of seedlings to Itersonilia fungal leaf spot. Itersonilia is often associated with parsnip canker.


Liz Minchinton

Dolf deBoer

Joanna Petkowski

Slobodan Vujovic

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  • The parsnip varieties Javelin and Albion had good yields and healthy roots. Javelin had the highest proportion of healthy roots and a lower incidence of Itersonilia fungal leaf spot on seedlings compared to the growers’ own variety.

Comaprison of Parnip varieties with Health Roots

  • Parsnip varieties 302-9, Melbourne, White Skin, Standard, Moonshine and Hollow Crown had the highest total yields.
  • Albion had the lightest coloured foliage, whilst foliage of 302-9, Lancer and Javelin were the darkest.
  • Generally, Albion had the shortest foliage whilst foliage of 302-9 was the tallest.
  • Varieties Albion, Thunder, 302-9, Javelin, Moonshine and Peace had the lowest incidence of Itersonila on seedlings.

Parsnip cv. Albion

Acknowledgments :

The researchers thank Joe Kelly for providing the trial site and maintaining the crop. Funding was provided by Australian vegetable growers (through the R&D levy) and the Victorian Department of Primary Industries. The Australian Government provides matched funding for all HAL’s R&D activities. Denise Wite produced the handout graphics.

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