You want to have the best tomatoes, right? You might suspect that there are better varieties out there but the thought of doing elaborate trials to evaluate these tomatoes is just exhausting. Here is a way to run a simple trial to discover new great tomatoes! It is based on how we run our tomato … More Discover Amazing Tomatoes By Setting Up Easy Growing Trials!
This is the fourth part of a series on crop planning for seed production. Seed production planning part 3 covered calculating how much to grow to meet your farm and marketing demands. The next step is choosing when to plant your seed crop to get a reliable seed harvest. (Most of this article was originally … More Plant Seed Crops on Time – Seed Production Planning Part 4
This is the third part of a series on crop planning for seed production. Seed production planning part 2 covered calculating how much seed to harvest to meet your farm and marketing demands. The next step is determining how many plants you need to grow to produce the amount of seed you need. We’ll look … More Seed Production Planning Part 3 – How Much To Grow
On most seed or vegetable operations, the time to harvest and process a crop is the main bottleneck. Come August and September, there are more crops to pick and clean than seem feasible. As such, it is worth comparing the crops you grow in function of their profitability in time (specifically harvesting and processing time.) … More Seed Profitability in Time
Today, we are going to look at how to calculate seed yields. This information will help you set your prices and will be useful in crop planning. We will look at Using your harvest data to calculate yield Consulting (and interpreting) reference material for yield data This post is one in a series on seed … More Seed Yields
This post is one in a series on seed economics that begins here. Quick review: Seed profitability is evaluated as $/bedft. Start by determining target $/bedft for your farm Most farmers should average $2.50/bedft to $5.00/bedft Today, we will tackle how to calculate the actual profitability in space of a crop. A warning – In this … More Seed Economics – Calculate Actual Profit in Space
My first seed harvests were from vegetables that bolted and didn’t make it to market. This worked well for a bit, and then it didn’t . I learned that if you want a reliable seed harvest, the crop has to go into the ground with that goal in mind. This means planting at the right … More Plant Seed Crops on Time
Part I stated that seed crops in wet humid climates should be planted further apart. This helps disease management and plant development. The other thing seed growers worry about is how does that affect seed yield? Crop Spacing and Yield A plant usually produces an amount of seed in function of its size. A small … More Give seed crops plenty of room! Part II