Monday, November 27, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
We will cover the importance of on-farm variety trialing in the organic production context. Designing effective and farmer-friendly variety trials that meet the needs of the small organic grower. This session will cover how to select the right crop(s) and (check) varieties to trial, as well as practical strategies for randomizing and replicating your variety trials, and observing and evaluating them in the field. Drawing on case studies of pepper and lettuce variety trials in Iowa, this session will illustrate the impact of good variety trailing for organic vegetable and vegetable seed producers.
Monday, November 27, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Seed quality assessments are a final step in assuring the quality of your commercial or shared seed crop. They are similar to variety trials but with a narrower purpose and scope - to help seed producers evaluate their own seed lots or company seed lots against similar but commercially grown varieties. This workshop will present farmers with an on-farm method and template - developed at the UBC Farm - to do this simply and effectively, minding producers' restricted schedule during the growing season. The presentation will explain the methods and use case scenarios to show the efficiency of the template.