[Market-farming] Market-farming Digest, Vol 109, Issue 12

Richard Moyer ramoyer at gmail.com
Tue Feb 14 14:09:44 EST 2012


Bill,
I just returned from the Organic Seed Alliance meeting, attended by seed
producers and seed buyers.  The importance of seed (and seedling) quality
and vigor was included in a number of the sessions.  It was stressed that
growers need to maintain their plants in top condition through the seed
production stage, not merely the vegetative stage.

As a seed grower with multiple seed contracts, I can assure you that
seedling vigor is important both to me and the companies buying from us.
 Multiple seed companies are looking for growers of certain seeds; it's
been a valuable way to increase our farm income and diversify risk.  If we
don't like what's available, there is the option of doing better ourselves.

Finally, the seeds I've put out over the last few months have resulted in
quality plants, greens that we will be selling this weekend at our winter
farmers market.  Two rows of chard have some spots where the seedlings did
not thrive, but that's the only crop I've noticed with subpar growth.

Hope you figure it out,
Richard Moyer
SW VA



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> Hi Everybody,
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> How is your seeding going?  I am noticing a lot of early troubles
> and I am beginning to think the vast majority of seed is extremely
> nutrient deficient.
>
> The other day some chard and spinach germinated and soon started
> damping off despite sterile seed mix soil, gorgeous hot water bottom
> radiant heat concrete germinating/growing pad, 70 degree air temp
> and a gentle fan circulating the air.
>
> I fed the seedlings a high calcium, high phosphorus, micronutrient
> mix with some carbs and problems immediately stopped and plants
> regained their vigor.
>
> I have some friends germinating tomatoes for retail sales and 5 days
> after emergence it is pale and weak and damping off despite the same
> ideal conditions as above.
>
> I thought seed had 21 days worth of food stored up inside.  These
> new baby plants are horribly malnourished at an early age.
>
> I am talking about seed from virtually every supplier; Johnnies, Burpee,
> Wild Garden, Baker Creek, Ball, Seed Savers, etc.
>
> Is agronomic practices among seed growers really that bad?  Why am I
> having to rescue these plants at 5 days after emergence?
>
> I don't mind if seed growers use various chemicals to protect their crops
> but at some point they have to feed the plants.  Are things really this bad
> or is it just me?  I can't figure out what could possibly be wrong that
> results
> are this disappointing this fast.
>
> Any thoughts?
>
>
> Bill
> Chicago area, 5b I think.  They changed the map again.
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