Researchers dig into seed development to produce better performance
Healthy plants start with high-quality seeds. Researchers from land-grant universities in Iowa, Kentucky, Virginia, Oregon, Michigan, Florida, New York and California are digging into seed development and finding ways to prevent seed issues. This work has led to better seeds and more accurate predictions of seed performance, helping growers make cost-effective seed selection and ensuring hardy, beautiful plants for food, fiber, fuel, landscaping, habitat restoration, research and other uses.
Members of this multistate research group are also making a difference by mentoring students and interns and preparing future generations of seed scientists. Extension educators held field days, trainings and other outreach events that taught producers valuable techniques.