Spinach variety trial for northwestern Ontario seed production

Farmer: Evalisa McIllfaterick and Janna van Blyderveen & Jordan Lees

Farm: Root Cellar Gardens, Roots to Harvest

Region: North

Publish Date: April 1, 2021

Article Type: Research Project

Research Priorities: Seed Production, Selection & Breeding 

Growers in northwestern Ontario wanted to identify which varieties of spinach are well-suited for seed production in their area.

In a Nutshell

  • Matador and Popeye were among the growers’ favourite varieties, ranking high in most categories.
  • Spinach planted in later fall (frost seeded) did not survive to produce seed in this trial.
  • From unreplicated data, early fall plantings overwintered successfully and show a trend towards higher seed production.
  • Giant Winter was the growers’ least favorite variety and was ranked lowest in almost every category.

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