Breeding Program

Breeding and selecting varieties is an undertaking that requires decades of focused commitment and testing. We start by evaluating hundreds of seedlings in a cross and culling out plants with low vigor. After the seedlings are growing we evaluate them for desired traits on small 4’x4’ plots over 5-6 years. From these several hundred, we may select the top 5% to further expand into larger 10’x20’ plots for another 4-5 years of evaluation. Of these, we will select only 2 or 3 to expand into full bed acreage. We are making selections for many different traits, with high and consistent yield the primary goal. We also select for consistent and uniform color, firmness, size, rebudding potential, and disease resistance.

Ed J., Ed A., and Nathan in front of a hybrid plot

Visually grading one of the new hybrid plots for yield, size, color, and rot resistance

Aerial photos of hybrid plots

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