Breeding / Research Program

  1. The Story of a Seed: Open-Pollinated Corn Edition

    How does a corn seed get from plant to packet? Read on to learn about the intricacies of open-pollinated corn development and production through looking at the variety Who Gets Kissed?. We hope the story of a seed entices you to try a new corn variety this season! To read about hybrid corn seed production, click here. Dr. Bill Tracy...
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  2. The Story of a Seed: Hybrid Onion Edition

    How does an onion seed get from plant to packet? Read on to learn about the intricacies of hybrid onion seed development and production through looking at the variety Red Carpet F1. We hope the story of a seed entices you to try a new onion variety this season! The Market The first step to development of a new onion...
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  3. An Organic Solution: High Mowing’s Steam Treatment Research

    Seed borne diseases present a serious threat to growers. The organic industry has limited tools for addressing these seed borne pathogens. In an innovative effort to find an organic solution to the problems caused by seed borne disease, High Mowing’s owner and founder, Tom Stearns, is spearheading research on steam treatment of seeds. The Challenge The challenge of disease control...
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  4. Sneak Peek at High Mowing Breeding Projects

    If you read last month’s blog post about why we choose to breed our own organic varieties, then you may be nipping at the bud to find out what exactly our Breeding and Research team has been working so diligently on refining these past few weeks. Here’s a peek at some of the successful projects High Mowing’s breeding program has...
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  5. Breeding for Taste: A Profile of Culinary Farm Projects

    Photo courtesy of Shawn Linehan. As agriculture has advanced over the centuries, the demands of the farmer have likewise evolved to require very specific behaviors from the plant varieties that are grown commercially. Many of these demands relate to plant health and growth: overall vigor, specific disease resistances, beneficial plant structure, and high yields are common traits that farmers seek...
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  6. Why We Choose to Breed Our Own Organic Varieties

    Since its inception in 2004, High Mowing’s robust breeding and research program has invested resources in finding and breeding superior genetics exclusively in organic varieties so our growers can experience the best possible results when they grow with our seed. Breeding our own varieties for organics allows us to develop the specific qualities that organic growers require for their crops...
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  7. A Balanced Partnership: Considerations for Farmers Participating in On-Farm Research Trials

    UVM Research Assistant Haley Jean sampling soil. A few years ago, I was cultivating broccoli on a hot summer day, and found myself cursing as I hopped on and off the Farmall tractor to remove and replace dozens of brightly colored flags.  They were there to mark plots for an on-farm research project that our farm was hosting to study...
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  8. More, Better Seed

    Our commitment to organic, non-GMO, hybrid sweet corn High Mowing Organic Seeds is dedicated to expanding the variety and quantity of organic seed while ensuring that this seed meets or exceeds professional quality standards. To each of us at High Mowing quality seed signifies that it is organic and non-GMO and that it performs to the highest quality standards for...
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  9. We Take Quality Into Our Own Hands

    There's a select group of seed crops that grow well here in Vermont. We have grown tomatoes, peppers, brassicas and squash here since our beginning, 21 years ago. The benefits go beyond simply having a healthy seed crop. Growing our own seed allows us to continue to increase our knowledge of all aspects of seed production, and to work more...
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  10. Why Choose Organic Seed?

    When the USDA's National Organic Program (NOP) began requiring organic farmers to use organic seed back in 2002, the organic seed industry was virtually nonexistent. There just weren't that many seed companies focusing on organics. The past fourteen years have witnessed a rapid expansion of the organic seed industry. The availability of organic seed has never been as strong, and...
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