The purpose of variety trials is to evaluate seed varieties or advanced breeding lines, under growing conditions of interest to farmers. Different farmers have different types of interest in variety trials. For example, a market gardener may want to trial currently available organic varieties that are best suited to their farm. A seed grower might want to trial rare varieties that could be added to their catalogue or used in an on-farm selection project. To generate data that is broadly useful, we will have a list of official trial varieties, but farmers can always choose to add-in some varieties for their own interest. This year, we are trialing orange carrots, red carrots, radicchio, and rutabaga.
Farmers interested in evaluating vegetable varieties, please contact Iris Vaisman for more information at iris.vaisman@organicalberta.