Organic Seed Production Six-Webinar Series Part 2: Trials and Selection
Join eOrganic for a new six-webinar series on organic seed production will provide
training for seed growers and seed production interns throughout the
2016 growing season (June - November). This series, offered by Organic
Seed Alliance (OSA) and the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable
Agriculture (MESA), will cover a range of topics, from planting to
harvest to the economics of seed production. The series is delivered as
part of a new seed internship program offered by OSA and MESA with
support from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.
The free webinars are open to the public and appropriate for farmers,
interns, students, and other agricultural professionals. They will take
place on the third Tuesday of each month, and the first one is on June
21st! You can just register once at the link below and attend any or all
of the webinars listed below!
Register now at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1033801889354662914
1. June 21st: Introduction to the Organic Seed Webinar Series
- Which crops should I grow?
- Field planning
- Speakers: Micaela Colley, Organic Seed Alliance; Organic Seed Grower TBD
2. July 19th: Trials and Selection
Conducting on-farm variety trials is a valuable investment of time and resources to ensure you are planting the best crop, variety and stock seed source for production of your seed crop. Field selection or roguing of a seed crop throughout the production cycle can further refine and improve the quality and performance of a variety or population. This webinar will cover the basics of conducting on-farm variety trials including sourcing germplasm, field plot design, trial evaluation, and making sense of the data. Presenters will also cover basics of field selection or roguing to improve performance of open pollinated seed crops.
3. August 16th: Diseases and Pests, Case Study
4. September 20th: Seed Quality, Harvesting Techniques and Equipment
5. October 18th: Cleaning and Recordkeeping, Case Study
6. November 15th: Seed Contracting, Economics and Policy