Cut Flower Isolation Distance

With local cut flower production blooming in Ontario, there’s a need for more information on how to grow cut flower seed to meet the demands from growers. However, isolation distance for cut flower seed production is notoriously undocumented and, often,...

Sweet Potato Breeding

Most sweet potatoes are grown from slips, which are clones of the tuber. This means that no new genetic diversity is created each year, with no progress towards regional adaptation. As a hexaploid (six homologous sets of chromosomes), however, sweet potatoes are very...

Southern Ontario Pepper Breeding Project Update

This project started in 2016 using seed obtained from Dr. Michael Mazourek’s breeding program at Cornell University of a cross made between commercial varieties Ace and Aristotle. The 2019 season will be the fourth year of growing out the cross Ace F1 x...

Early Yield Pea Breeding Update

Duane is developing a truly winter hardy garden pea. Specifically, he is trying to combine the winter hardiness of Austrian Winter Field Peas with the qualities of a garden pea (Lincoln, etc). This type of pea could be planted in the autumn and would yield early peas...

Cucumber Breeding 2019

The goal of this project is to produce an open pollinated seedless English cucumber with excellent flavour well adapted to growing in soil under organic greenhouse conditions.