[Market-farming] Consolidation of the seed industry

Mike Brabo mdbrabo at att.net
Thu Aug 4 12:29:16 EDT 2011


Thank you this link.  Excellent info.

On Jul 29, 2011, at 5:40 AM, Etienne Goyer wrote:

> An interesting resource for the market growers that wants to save seeds
> is Dan Brisebois' blog:
> 
>    http://goingtoseed.wordpress.com/
> 
> 
> He goes into a *lots* of details about his method for saving seeds.
> 
> 
> On 11-07-28 11:06 PM, Shawnee Flowerfarmer wrote:
>> I don't have specific resources to recommend...that would depend on the
>> seed you anticipate saving.  It's always challenging to get a seed crop
>> gathered at the optimum point, processed/dried, and into storage (for me
>> anyway) because I am usually harvesting the commercial crop at the same
>> time.  I do germination tests in the winter and note that viability is
>> directly related to how carefully I've handled the seed.  I know that I
>> am more successful (success= good germination rates) when I have
>> allocated a certain area or group of plants for seed and grown them for
>> that purpose, harvested the seed at its "fattest" and then
>> processed/cleaned/winnowed it as fast as possible and put it into the
>> driest and coldest storage I have.  Simply separating a portion of the
>> cash crop (assuming the cash crop is also seed) for future seed use
>> works, but the germination rate will be a bit lower and that may be ok
>> as long as I know the approximate germination rate and sow accordingly
>> in the next season. 
>> Gives a person a headache to think of all this fiddly stuff and makes me
>> understand why seed is so expensive even when I resent the costs. 
>> Shawnee
>> zone 5 
>> 
>> From: mdbrabo at att.net
>> Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2011 08:09:53 -0500
>> To: market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org
>> Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Consolidation of the seed industry
>> 
>> Shawnee,
>> Recommended resources for improving our harvest processes and storage
>> standards?
>> Thanks,
>> Mike
>> Vesterbrook Farm - Certified Naturally Grown
>> Clarksville, Missouri - Mississippi River Bluffs, Zone 6
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> On Jul 27, 2011, at 9:34 PM, Shawnee Flowerfarmer wrote:
>> 
>>    In my experience, stringent harvest processes and storage standards
>>    are key to germination rates.
>> 
>>    Shawnee,
>>    zone 5
>> 
>>    From: mdbrabo at att.net <mailto:mdbrabo at att.net>
>>    Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2011 07:00:09 -0500
>>    To: market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org
>>    <mailto:market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
>>    Subject: [Market-farming] Consolidation of the seed industry
>> 
>>    Quite an interesting article:
>>     http://www.seedbuzz.com/knowledge-center/article/visualizing-consolidation-in-the-global-seed-industry-1996%E2%80%932008
>> 
>>    How many of you are successfully saving seed, thus controlling input
>>    costs?  
>>    We've been saving a greater number of our seed strains but continue
>>    to have lower germination rates.   Suggestions for overcoming poor
>>    germination rates?
>> 
>>    Thanks,
>>    Mike
>>    Vesterbrook Farm 
>>    Certified Naturally Grown
>>    Clarksville, Missouri - Mississippi River Bluffs, Zone 6
>> 
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