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Plant Breeding Projects / Re: General Tomato Breeding
« on: 2016-April-23 06:03:57 PM »
Joseph, I'll let you know how your varieties do.  I'm growing HX-9, DXX-M and Short Season Landrace, along with Legend (supposed to be resistant to late blight, bred in Oregon) and several other varieties.  Late blight is hitting almost every year here although sometimes it only gets bad later in the season, so it should be a good test.

Plant Breeding Projects / Re: General Tomato Breeding
« on: 2016-April-22 08:15:16 AM »
Joseph, have your tomatoes had to deal with late blight in your growing area?  Here in upstate New York (zone 5a) it has become quite an challenge for tomato growers, some years worse than others.  I'll be growing some of your tomatoes this year.  I'll let you know how they do in that respect.

Status of the Farm and the Farmer / Re: Terms
« on: 2016-February-14 07:18:15 PM »
Are all the seeds produced from a given plant identical genetically?

Status of the Farm and the Farmer / Re: terms
« on: 2016-February-07 01:27:39 PM »
So you're not adding new genetic material to the mix, instead just selecting, and letting new combinations develop. 

Status of the Farm and the Farmer / Terms
« on: 2016-February-06 06:49:32 PM »
What are "segregating hybrids"?  I keep coming across this term.

My Varieties -- Descriptions & Grow Reports / okra breeding
« on: 2016-February-04 05:11:26 AM »
Joseph, could you give more detail on your okra breeding process?  It's a great story but I wouldn't know how to replicate it.  Exactly what got planted in season 2, and 3?  Thanks.

Plant Breeding Projects / Re: Runner Beans
« on: 2016-January-31 05:30:09 PM »
Thanks, Keen.

Plant Breeding Projects / Re: Runner Beans
« on: 2016-January-31 11:31:39 AM »
How is a runner bean different than a pole bean, or are they the same?

People need to be educated about these breeding issues and their effects on edible plants.  I'm sure you're right, Joseph, that when people ask for heirloom tomatoes what they are really wanting is tasty tomatoes with complex, interesting flavors.  If I remember, you included some of the "black" and "pink" varieties in your landrace breeding mix (what makes a yellow/red tomato?), addressing Keen's point.  So if those are locally adapted, they should be included in your landrace, right? Joseph, I would love it if you would write a book, as your ideas and methods are so powerful and yet not really being talked about in the current "crop" of books out there.  Then you don't have to talk each customer about heirloom tomatoes, you just point to the book on sale besides the tomatoes.

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