ag, seeds, organic farming, propagating seeds

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Seeds of Change: What’s in your Packet of Certified organic seed?

By Dr. Wesley Chun Ph.D., Grower's Secret, Chief Science Officer

Abstract

There are three reasons for using certified organic seed to produce organic crops. First, the National Organic Program (NOP) guidelines recommend use of organically produced seed for organic crop production. Second, it is good for your conscience since organically produced seeds inherit environmental conservation and pollution reduction benefits. Third, organic seeds are claimed to be healthier (more resistant to pathogens and pests), and better adapted to grow under organic cropping systems. NOP guidelines, and environmental sustainability benefits are compelling factors for using certified organic seed. The third reason is highly dependent on the seed producer and the source of the seed. Most plant varieties were bred under conventional agricultural systems. However, there are now university and private breeders who are breeding new varieties using organic growing methods. While organically bred varieties are available, the performance of these varieties may be regionally limited. Seed selection should be based on production needs and environmental growing conditions first, and then organic if it is available. Check the facts when organic seeds claim to be healthier, pest- and pathogen-resistant, and pesticide-free.

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ag expo

From February 12-14th, Grower's Secret will at the 2013 World Ag Expo in Tulare, California. World Ag Expo is the world's largest annual agricultural exposition!
Come by booth 3276 and say Hello to our sales team of Jeff Newberry and Kim Miller. Along with plant scientist Chuck Schiller Ph.D., we look forward to meeting all of you and talking about how Grower's Secret has the best solutions for your growing needs.