Rowen White talks about corn and squash seed keeping in episode 5 of The Seed Growers Podcast.
Here are some of the highlights of the corn conversation:
Isolating corn in time and space to avoid cross pollination
Differences in growing corn for stock seed vs bulk seed
Evaluating small corn lots to evaluate if varieties need more genetic diverity
Population crosses of similar varieties to broaden genetic diversity
Selecting corn throughout the growing season
When corn is ready to harvest
Stewarding corn to maintain diversity in an ever changing world
And the squash conversation
Growing different squash species that dont cross with each other
Creating modern grexes to create really diverse breeding pools – specifically for Kabocha squash.
Splitting squash by hatchet to extract the seed
Fermenting squash seed to make seed cleaning easier
Water winnowing squash seed
Selecting squash at home in the kitchen
Germination rates and dormancy
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