General Specialty Organic Seed Production Resources

Organic Agriculture June 11, 2015 Print Friendly and PDF

eOrganic authors:

Micaela Colley, Organic Seed Alliance

Alex Stone, Oregon State University

Linda Brewer, Oregon State University

This is an Organic Seed Resource Guide article.

Introduction

Information on organic specialty seed production is not as readily available as information on commodity seed production, conventional seed production, or vegetable production. However, there are some new organic specialty seed production publications available from Organic Seed Alliance and Saving Our Seeds listed below. While all of the information in conventional seed production guides may not be applicable they may be useful sources of information on crop biology, seed production strategies, and the important pests of a specific crop. A good starting point for production in the Western Region is the series of crop-specific PNW Extension bulletins listed under “Print Resources” below.

Frank Morton leads a seed production tour at Wild Garden Seed, Philomath, Oregon. Foreground: lettuce and calendula seed crops. Photo credit: Alex Stone, Oregon State University

Web Resources – Organic

Organic Seed Alliance (emphasis on the western US) www.seedalliance.org

Saving our Seeds (SOS; emphasis on the mid-Atlantic and southern US)

To access the publications listed below, go to http://www.savingourseeds.org/publications.html, scroll down to the bottom of the home page, and click on the publication you wish to read. You must provide SOS with your name and contact information.

  • Organic Brassica seed production guide [Online]. J. H. McCormack. 2005. Saving Our Seed.
  • Organic tomato seed production guide [Online]. J. H. McCormack. 2005. Saving Our Seed.
  • Organic pepper seed production guide [Online]. J. H. McCormack. 2005. Saving Our Seed.
  • Organic Cucurbit seed production guide [Online]. J. H. McCormack. 2005. Saving Our Seed.
  • Organic bean seed production guide [Online]. J. H. McCormack. 2005. Saving Our Seed.

Additional web resources

Web Resources – General/ Conventional

WSU Cooperative Extension crop profiles

Additional online seed production publications

  • Cucurbit seed production in California [Online]. M. Murray, T. Hartz, and K. Bradford. University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Publication 7229. Available at: http://ucanr.org/freepubs/docs/7229.pdf (verified 4 April 2011).
  • Seed production of open-pollinated tomato lines (tutorial) [Online]. R.T. Opeña, J.T. Chen, T. Kalb and P. Hanson. 2001. The World Vegetable Center (AVRDC). Available at: http://www.agrifoodgateway.com/articles/seed-production-open-pollinated-tomato-lines(verified 15 Aug 2013).
  • General seed production information on the families Allium, Apium, and Brassica [Online]. Undated. Cornell Public Seed Initiative. Available at: http://www.plbr.cornell.edu/psi/seedguide.html (verified 11 Mar 2010).
  • Onion seed production in Idaho [Online]. G.W. Woodbury and C.F. Dietz. 1942. Ag. Exp. Sta. Bulletin 247. University of Idaho. Reproduced online with permission. Available at: http://digital.lib.uidaho.edu/cdm/ref/collection/ui_ep/id/11426 (verified 11 Mar 2010).
  • Onion seed production in California [Online]. R. Voss, M. Murray, K. Bradford, K. Mayberry, I. Miller. 1999. University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Publication 8008. Available at: http://ucanr.org/freepubs/docs/8008.pdf (verified 4 April 2011).
  • Vegetable seed production [Online]. H.L. Schudel. 1952. Ag. Exp. Sta. Bulletin 512. Oregon State University. Out of print. Available at: http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/1957/15467/Stat... (verified 11 June 2015).
  • Watermelon seed production [Online]. T. Wehner and G. Elmstrom. Undated. North Carolina State University. Available at: http://cuke.hort.ncsu.edu/cucurbit/wmelon/wmhndbk/wmseeds.html (verified 11 Mar 2010).

Print Resources

Pacific Northwest (PNW) Extension Bulletins on specialty seed production

Available for purchase from https://cru84.cahe.wsu.edu/Default.aspx (search for "seed") (verified 11 Mar 2010).

  • Cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and kohlrabi seed production in the Pacific Northwest. M. L. Jarmin and R. E. Thornton. 1985. Pacific Northwest Cooperative Extension Publication 268.
  • Carrot, parsnip, and parsley seed production in the Pacific Northwest. W. R. Simpson, R. G. Beaver, W. M. Colt, and C. R. Baird. 1985. Pacific Northwest Cooperative Extension Publication 272.
  • Kale and collard seed production in the Pacific Northwest. M. L. Jarmin and R. E. Thornton. 1985. Pacific Northwest Cooperative Extension Publication 269.
  • Lettuce seed production in the Pacific Northwest. W. M. Colt, R. G. Beaver, W. R. Simpson, and C. R. Baird. 1985. Pacific Northwest Cooperative Extension Publication 273.
  • Mustard and chinese cabbage seed production in the Pacific Northwest. M. L. Jarmin and R. E. Thornton. 1985. Pacific Northwest Cooperative Extension Publication 270.
  • Radish seed production in the Pacific Northwest. W. M. Colt, R. G. Beaver, W. R. Simpson, and C. R. Baird. 1985. Pacific Northwest Cooperative Extension Publication 274.
  • Spinach seed production in the Pacific Northwest. M. L. Jarmin and R. E. Thornton. 1985. Pacific Northwest Cooperative Extension Publication 267.
  • Table beet and swiss chard seed production in the Pacific Northwest. M. L. Jarmin and R. E. Thornton. 1985. Pacific Northwest Cooperative Extension Publication 271.
  • Turnip and rutabaga seed production in the Pacific Northwest. N. S. Mansour, J. R. Baggett, and M. Jarmin. 1985. Pacific Northwest Cooperative Extension Publication 265.
  • Washington's Small Seeded Vegetable Seed Industry. J. Thomas et al. 1997. Washington State Extension EB1829.

Other print resources

  • The biology of seeds: recent research advances. G. Nicola, K.J. Bradford, D. Come, M. Curie, and H. Protchard. 2003. CABI Publishers, Cambridge, MA.
  • Flower seeds: biology and technology. M.B. McDonald and F.Y. Kwon. 2004. CABI Publishers, Cambridge, MA.
  • Hybrid seed production in vegetables: rationale and methods in selected crops. A.S. Basra. 2000. Food Products Press, New York, NY.
  • Principles of seed science and technology. L.V. Copeland. 1976. Burgess Publishing Company, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Seed production principles and practices. M.B. McDonald and L.O. Copeland. 1997. Chapman and Hall, New York, NY.
  • Seed to seed. S. Ashworth. 1991. Seed Savers Publications, Decorah, IA.
  • Seeds handbook: biology, production, processing, and storage. B.B. Desai, P.M. Kotecha, and D.K. Salunkhe. 1997. Marcel Dekker, Incorporated, New York, NY.
  • Vegetable and flower seed production. L.R. Hawthorn and L.H. Pollard. 1954. Blackiston Co., New York, NY. Out of print.
  • Vegetable seed production. R.A.T. George. 1999. CABI Publishing, New York, NY.
  • The wisdom of plant heritage: organic seed production and saving. B. Connolly and C.R. Lawn. 2005. Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York. (Available for purchase at http://nofany.org/publications.html) (verified 11 Mar 2010).
  • Farmers’ seed production: new approaches and practices. 1999. C. Almekinders and N. Louwaars. Intermediate Technology Publications.
  • Collecting, processing and germinating seeds of wildland plants. 1986. J.A. Young and C.G. Young. Timber Press. Portland, Oregon.

 

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