Seminis field day shows Florida growers new varieties - The Packer

Seminis field day shows Florida growers new varieties

05/23/2013 10:18:00 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

A large group of southwest Florida growers heard the latest about variety research efforts from Monsanto’s Seminis Vegetable Seeds Inc.

click image to zoom Monsanto’s Seminis Vegetable Seeds is improving vegetable and watermelon varieties during a May 21 field day in southwest Florida.MonsantoGrowers heard the latest on how Monsanto’s Seminis Vegetable Seeds is improving vegetable and watermelon varieties during a May 21 field day in southwest Florida.At a May 21 field day in Felda, Fla., (the Immokalee, Fla., winter and spring growing region), Oxnard, Calif.-based Seminis showcased its newest vegetable genetics.

Monsanto representatives displayed the tools and technologies it employs in its research and development to introduce new varieties at a faster pace.

Speakers discussed how Monsanto’s researchers are using molecular markers, seed chipping and continuous production cycles in their breeding programs to improve tomatoes, bell peppers, corn, green beans, cucumbers, squash and watermelon varieties.

Greg Hardison, the Eastern U.S. technology development manager for Monsanto’s vegetable seeds division, said the company is working on improving disease-resistant levels in many vegetable species.

“Most importantly were the conversations that provided us with input on current product performance and the direction of our breeding programs. In moments like that we can really gauge how in tune we are with what the customers need,” Hardison said.

Up to 65 growers attended the event.



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