The purpose of variety trials is to evaluate seed varieties or advanced breeding lines, under growing conditions of interest to the farmers in the network. Different farmers may have different types of interest in variety trials. For example, a market gardener may want to trial currently available organic varieties that can be readily bulked up. 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, The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security (BAUTA) will have a list of official trial varieties, but farmers can always chose to add-in some varieties for their own interest. In 2019 they will facilitate trials on red peppers (bell and corno type), and carrots (orange and coloured).
Farmers interested in evaluating carrot and peppers, please contact email@example.com.