The 2016 SeedX Photo Contest will help clients in the seed industry see their seed during all phases of production, processing and testing. The local Seed X Labs facility in Salinas allows clients to do even more. In addition to certified tests that follow ISTA and AOSA rules, the lab allows clients to come in an see their seed, and discover what a report might not tell. Seed can be seen at all stages to identify additional processing needs, or disease possibilities that may create issues for farmers later on. Mary Voorhees, the lab's RST, always welcomes clients to come in and see their seed at any stage during the testing cycle. To contact Mary call the lab at 831-718-9998.
Within hours of announcing the 2016 SeedX Lab photo contest, photos began to stream in and many clients are searching their files for more photos to share. This shot was provided by Merv Selvidge and shows an organic lettuce seed production field from 2015. Lettuce seed production involves forcing the lettuce plant to bolt, making it hard to recognize a seed production field as lettuce. When the plants go to seed a billow of cotton-like flowers cover the field and can be quite beautiful. It takes months of hot weather, the right isolation, and costly labor just to get that little lettuce seed produced for commercial markets. It is quite an art and the companies that produce the seed for 80% of the world's salad, all started from the talented people found right here in Salinas, California, the Salad Bowl of the World.
Beet seeds beam off a bright red color from the moment they start to germinate. Have a cool photo of a seed , or seed in the production or germination phase? Send us your photo and compete for SeedX Labs photo award in 2016. Winners will receive a professionally framed seed photo and lunch in Salinas near the SeedX Lab. Winners announced July 1, 2016. Send your entry in electronic form to firstname.lastname@example.org