Collaborative Variety Trials
In 2022, SeedLinked organized a slicer tomato collaborative variety trial with the goal of having farmers and gardeners across North America grow well-known varieties side-by-side with newly released hybrid and open-pollinated varieties and rate them for a variety of traits on the SeedLinked platform. At the end of the season, we wanted to freely share the results of our variety trial on our Seed Marketplace and in this blog with growers, seed companies, and anyone else who is interested.
The SeedLinked Seed Search is powered by grower reviews, comments, and photos generated by growers participating in collaborative trials on the platform. We invite you to be part of our mission to make the seed system more collaborative and transparent by signing up to be part of a collaborative trial in 2022!
We conducted a replicated broccoli trial at the Southern Research and Outdoor Center (SROC) in Waseca, Minnesota, where we inoculated plots with black rot (Xanthamonascampestris pv. campestris). We also partnered with 80 farmers and gardeners to conduct mini-trials at their farms. Our goal was to screen for varieties of broccoli with tolerance to the pathogens black rot (Xcc) and Alternaria (Alternaria brassicicola). This report outlines preliminary results from the trials. Due to the hot, dry summer in the Midwest, disease pressure was minimal, particularly in the early planting.
In 2021, SeedLinked organized and hosted three collaborative trials for three different crops – indeterminate paste tomatoes, fresh market bush green beans, and jalapenos. The goal of each trial was to grow well-known varieties side-by-side with newly released hybrid and open-pollinated varieties and freely share the results on our Seed Search and in this blog with growers, seed companies, and anyone else who is interested.
Alright! You’ve finished entering reviews, adding photos, comments, and have completed your collaborative variety trial. Now you’re done being on SeedLinked until the next growing season. Not so quick! There are many benefits of staying engaged on SeedLinked. The primary reason is access to trial results to help better inform your seed choices for the next growing season.