The rainy spring in NY has delayed some field plantings, but there has been no delay in planting the high tunnel trials. Inside the high tunnel, there are raised beds with drip irrigation and black plastic mulch to maintain soil moisture. This year, the high tunnel is home to pepper seed varieties, organic cucumbers, organic summer squash, lisianthus, and calla lilies.
The vegetable field trials include greens, lettuce, brassicas, beans, root crops, watermelon, melon, cucumber, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, sweet corn, pumpkins, summer and winter squash, and more! The ornamental field trials include sunflowers, petunias, calibrachoa, pentas, euphorbia, gazania, zinnia, canna, begonia, and many more. The field trials help to identify new varieties that will perform well for growers and meet consumer expectations. The anticipation and excitement continues to grow to see which ones will stand out this year!
Lettuce transplants for field trials
As the season progresses, stay tuned for trial updates, including favorite new varieties and the upcoming construction of display beds.
Kristen Andersen is the Trials Manager at Harris Seeds and GardenTrends. She has a Master’s Degree in Plant Breeding and Horticulture from Michigan State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Plant Science from SUNY Cobleskill. Kristen comes from a multi-generational farm where she developed a passion for agriculture and gardening. She arranges all Harris Seeds trials at our location in Rochester, NY, as well as with grower cooperators located around the country, to ensure that we offer varieties and products of the best quality that will make our customers more successful.