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Garlic Growers Association launch new clean seed program

August 6, 2020  By Travis Cranmer, OMAFRA

The Garlic Growers Association of Ontario announced it is taking orders from members for clean planting material from the SPUD unit at the New Liskeard Agricultural Research Station at the University of Guelph. This is a big milestone that will allow growers to order clean material for fall 2020.

In the early 2000s, a project to develop clean seed was undertaken and the project goals were to develop an efficient/economical system to micropropagate a cultivar of garlic called ‘Music’ to be free of viruses. Implementation of this clean seed will see increases in bulb size, yields, storage life as well as reduce the presence of storage rots, bulb and stem nematode, bacteria, fungi and viruses. Even just the ability to store and sell the crop into January will allow growers to fetch a premium. | READ MORE


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