Field trials identify vegetable varieties for organic conditions

03/14/2012 12:33:00 PM
The Grower Magazine

If you've ever wondered how specific varieties of sweet corn, carrots, broccoli, snap peas and winter squash may perform under organic production conditions, wait no longer.

The Northern Organic Variety Improvement Collaborative just released results from field trials in 2011 in Washington, Oregon, Wisconsin and Minnesota, according to a news release.

Results from New Yorks will be coming soon.

Except for New York, results can be viewed on the NOVIC website.

The collaborative includes researchers from Oregon State University, University of Wisconsin, Cornell University, Washington State University and the Agricultural Research Service, according to an e-newsletter.

Additional participants include the Port Townsend, Wash.-based Organic Seed Aliance and organic growers.

The goal is to identify existing varieties that perform well under organic production and develop new ones that are suitable.

Each of the trials throughout the country includes five standard crops. In addition, local farmers can recommend additional ones for inclusion.

For example, Washington state growers chose beets.



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