The onion program at San Juan Bautista focuses on short-day and intermediate-day onions, Welten said, while the New Zealand program breeds long day varieties.
“We’re trying to cover the whole world,” Welten said. “This year we’re going to start a program in northwestern Europe for the long-day onion types.”
Tom Hussar, trialing manager for Castroville-based Ocean Mist Farms, said his company uses some Enza Zaden lettuce varieties.
“A lot of seed companies have field days to show their products,” Hussar said. “Having a relationship with the primary seed breeding company is important because it’s good to see what’s coming up and communicate back to them different traits we’re looking for in crops.”