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Seed Diseases and Quarantine
December 10, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Seed production is an important business in Washington state, with approximately one-quarter of the world’s cabbage seed produced in Western Washington. A growing number of small farms are expanding into seed saving and small-scale, open-pollinated seed production.
Hear from two WSU researchers on issues important to seed producers, farmers and everyone living in a seed producing area. WSU Plant Pathologist Dr. Lindsay du Toit will speak about Black Leg and Black Rot, two economically significant seedborne diseases that can affect Brassica vegetables, as well as related Brassica crops and weeds. Don McMoran, Extension Director for Skagit County will talk about non-brassica cover crop options for growers that can lessen the risk of disease spreading to seed crops.
We hope to be joined by a representative from WSDA to talk about the Crucifer Quarantine area that includes Whidbey Island north of Greenbank and how that impacts local vegetable growers, seed producers, and others who use crucifers and brassicas as cover or forage crops.