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.
Ever wish you had a little more support when choosing new varieties to grow in your garden or vegetable operation? How about more opportunities for connection and interaction with others during COVID? Our new Seed Collection Experience is just the ticket to finding connection and fun new seed options this year!