Field Trial Started with Adaptive Seeds!

Yesterday was a beautiful day to put seeds in the ground at Adaptive Seeds’ farm! The freshly tilled soil was warmed from the sun, and rain was brewing in the western horizon. This marks the first big field trial of the season. Funded by the Organic Farming Research Foundation, I am exploring the microbial ecology of seeds, in this case, seeds from Cascade Ruby-Gold flint corn that was saved by Adaptive Seeds. To explore the importance of seedborne microbes, I am disinfecting some seeds, and inoculating others with beneficial microbes. Some research questions from this project are:

-If you disinfect the seeds, are you leaving the seedlings more vulnerable to colonization by microbes in the environment? (for better or for worse)

-Does the bacterial inoculation of seeds protect plants from fungal diseases?

Randomized plot design will statistically account for all of the variation in the field

Randomized plot design will statistically account for all of the variation in the field

Looking West from Adaptive Seeds farm. Red flags mark the plots where I planted Cascade Ruby-Gold.

Looking West from Adaptive Seeds farm. Red flags mark the plots where I planted Cascade Ruby-Gold.

Cascade Gold

Cascade Gold

Cascade Ruby

Cascade Ruby

4 comments on “Field Trial Started with Adaptive Seeds!

  1. My first sowing came up well but got pulled out by crows, I will resow this week, (and cover with net). Did you get my seeds?

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