Reducing Grower Risk in Seed Selection & Quality
Just as the season ahead can present a grower with any number of unexpected variables, so, too, can the quality of the seed they plant. The extensive seed variety breeding, trialing, selection, and quality assurance programs at Johnny’s Selected Seeds are designed to mitigate that one particular risk. The goal is to offer not just the seed varieties that outperform the competition but to hone that selection down to the seed line and lot level. R&D and QA teams are charged with doing the work required to obtain, create, and maintain elite seed lines over time, along with whatever else it takes to be able to stand by a quality guarantee on the viability of every seed packet that goes out the door. Now that another growing season draws to a close, we are pleased for the opportunity to share the results of our hard work with you. Here are a few highlights that we hope will make your season more interesting and profitable.
The classic ‘Sugar Snap’ pea is back, just in time to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the variety’s original release by legendary plant breeder Calvin Lamborn. Johnny’s will be offering this AAS-winning variety for the 2020 season, having spent several years painstakingly reselecting the strain and removing snow-pea and shell-pea offtypes. Johnny’s strain grows true-to-type, so the grower doesn’t end up holding a mixed bag, then bearing the brunt of crop loss. ‘Sugar Snap’ sets the standard for flavor in snap peas. Organic and conventional seed. 58 days to maturity.
To add excitement, beloved ‘Sugar Ann’ is back in stock after several years of crop failures. A delicious AAS-winning variety, ‘Sugar Ann’ is our earliest snap pea. Conventional seed. 51 days to maturity.
Johnny’s is also releasing two new colored snaps from Calvin Lamborn’s breeding program — ‘Honey Snap II’ (golden yellow) and ‘Royal Snap II’ (purple) — which help growers round out a colorful snap pea trio. Both varieties are stunning when matched with ‘Sugar Ann’ or ‘Sugar Snap.’ Conventional seed. 58 days to maturity.
‘Song TJS-65’: Highly Adaptable, Green Stem Cauliflower
For cauliflower growers with less-than-ideal soil fertility or growing temperatures, ‘Song TJS-65’ might offer the field toughness they need. This Asian sweet-stem type cauliflower produces florets with tender green stems topped by loose curds with exceptionally sweet flavor. Widely adaptable to below-average soil fertility and temperature spikes, Song has a DTM of just 44 days. Moreover, it is harvestable at an early, compact stage similar to a standard cauliflower; or later, when the heads are bigger and looser and the florets have elongated and separated from one another. In the crop class of heading brassicas, Song offers the grower way more room to maneuver than standard types.
‘Nabechan’: Perfect Bunching Onion for Negi Production
Negi are scallions (Allium fistulosum) grown singly instead of in bunches, transplanted into deep dibbles and hilled, much like leeks. The result is a long, slender, mild-tasting onion that is immensely popular in Japan.
Negi are a highly versatile, foundational ingredient of Japanese cuisine, commonly used in many braised, grilled, or simmered dishes, or chopped into hotpot or miso-based soups.
Prized for its high quality and excellent performance in the production of negi, ‘Nabechan’ is a traditional Japanese variety with a distinctly sweeter, more complex flavor than other bunching onions. The plants are upright, with thick, uniformly cylindrical shanks and no bulbing. 60 DTM for regular bunching onion production, approximately 120 DTM for negi production.