ASTA Elects New Officers
In June 1980, some seed news articles were handwritten and Kathryn McDermott Cooney, from Seed Trade News, can attest to this since she took award for an excellent article that she had handwritten.
Publishing has changed dramatically throughout the last three decades, but one thing remains the same — great knowledge of the seed industry does not go unnoticed.
The American Seed Trade Association, an association that dates back to 1883, presented meritorious service awards to Seed World publisher Glenn Wiklund.
Onion Seed Growing in California
Sunny California is not only noted for its gold, its scenic and natural wonders, but has become very prominent as a source of supply for large quantities of garden seeds.
Thousands of acres are devoted to seed growing. Beet, carrot, endive, lettuce, onion, parsley, parsnip, radish, salsify, celery and flower seeds are the principal varieties produced. …
Two years are required to make a crop of onion seed as the bulbs require a year to grow from seed and another year to produce the seed from the bulbs. …
It will be readily seen that there is no small amount of labor connected with the production of onion seed, as it requires practically all hand labor from the time the seed is planted to the production of the bulbs and the growing of the seed, which takes two years. During this time the crop is subjected to injury from floods, drought and disease. The ripening period during July is a very critical time as should a hot wind come at that time, when the crop is in flower, there is always a heavy loss. The flowers are very easily injured by heat. When this happens the seed is not perfect.
The disease most to be feared and which is prevalent more or less each year is Perinespora, known locally as “Blight” or “Mildew” and as yet there has never been a remedy found for it.