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october201121sellinghigh-qualityseedororganicarmers.EricaRenaudbusi-nessdevelopmentmanagerwithVitalisagreesthatthereisalackogovernmentsupportororganicbreeding.x1cThereisnotthesamesupportororganicbreedingintermsoinrastructurex1dshesays.Aswithallplantbreedingusingtraditionalmethodsratherthangeneticmodix1cationittakesbreedersyearstodevelopanewvarietythencollectenoughseedsoitcanbegrownincom-mercialproduction.Inadditiontothetimeinvolvedinbreed-ingnewvarietiesorganicseedproducersmustabidebyspecix1cguidelinesonorganicgrowingmethods.TomakeitworthwhileoracompanylikeVitalistoinvesttimeandmoneytopro-duceorganicseedtheremustbeapay-o.RenaudseespossiblechangesinNOPregulationsrequiringorganicgrowerstouseanincreasingpercentageoorganicseedeachyearasbeingthecatalysttheU.S.seedindustryneedstoencouragemoreorganicseeddevelopment.TomStearnspresidentoHighMowingOrganicSeedsagreeswithRenaudx19sassessment.x1cIamhopingtheruleswillchange.Ithinkthatitwillbeverybenex1cialtotheoverallorganicseedindustrytohaveaseedrulethatisclearerx1dhesays.x1cItwillhelpstimulatetheindustrytogrowwhichisagreatthingoreveryone.x1dStearnsoundedhiscompanybasedinHardwickVt.in1996whenhegrewandmarketed28varietiesonhisown.NowHighMowingSeedsoershomegardenersandcommercialgrowersabout500heirloomopen-pollinatedandhybridvarie-tiesovegetableruitherbandfowerseed.Stearnssaysabout80percentoseedsalesaremadetocommercialorganicgrowers.HeisconcernedthatchangestotheNOPregulationscouldresultinincreasedpaperworkororganicgrowerswhodonx19tuseorganicseedbecausethevarietiestheywishtogrowarenx19tavailableasorganicseed.x1cTheimportantissueisinthebalancex14howisitimplementedtoservegrowersratherthanbeingaburdenonthemx1dhesays.BarbPerkinsandherhusbandDavidnowuseorganicseedwhentheyeeltheycanswitchromconventionalseed.x1cEveryyearwelookatorganicseedandseewhatisavailable.Doesithaveallthequalitieswewantx1dshesays.SeedMustOxaxaerExtraBeneftsThehighercostoorganicseedisnx19tadeterrentormostruitandvegetablegrowersaccordingtoStearnsbecauseorganicgrowersareabletoextractapremiumortheirproduce.Perkinsagreesbutaddstheymustbeassuredthatorganicseedholdsadditionalbenex1tsorthem.MarkOverduinpresidentoBejoSeedsInc.inOceanoCali.asubsidiaryoHollandx19sBejoZadenknowsthatorganicgrowersarelookingorextracharacteristicsinorganicseed.x1cWedoexpecttoprovideadditionalbenex1tssuchasbroaderadaptabilitystrongeroverallimmunesystemsandmoreex1cientrootsystemswithstrongernutrientuptakecapabilitiesx1dhesays.Thetippingpointororganicseedx14orseedgrowersandthoseorganicproducerswhouseitx14couldcomeromthedevelopmentoorganicseedthatcangrowruitandvegetablespossessingextrahealthbenex1tsorconsumers.Forexampleanewvarietyoredcabbagecouldcontainahigherleveloantioxidantsmakingitnutritionallysuperiortoothervarieties.AdvantaUSisanoperatingunitofAdvantaaglobalseedcompany.2011AdvantaUSInc.SGlogoisaregisteredtrademarkofAdvantaUSInc.D1724SWAdvantaUS1-800-333-9048www.AdvantaUS.comSorghumforForageFieldGuideCalltodayforyourcopyofthis132-pagecomprehensiveproductionguide.SorghumforForageFieldGuide800.333.9048GrowingValueGreeninthe14.955FactsEveryGrowerShouldKnowaboutSorghum1.Sorghumgeneticsarenotthesameasyourfathergrew.2.Sorghumscanproduceasmuchormoreyieldascorn.3.SorghumsBMR6canmakemorepalatableandmoredigestiblehighqualityforagethancornsilage.4.Sorghumsgrowwithlessinputandlesswaterforlesscostthancorn.5.CallustolearnaboutthenewgenerationofSGsorghumsforgrainandforage.