Seeds 4 Thought…Drew Kinder’s seed blog


Einstein and Seed Blends
August 6, 2014, 8:13 am
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EinsteinFrom time to time home gardeners lament the fact that their favorite seed mixture or blend has been upgraded with new varieties; like that’s a bad thing!  We are all naturally inclined to repeat the same action over and over again if it works, but that’s not necessarily the best strategy when planting seed.

The reason is plant breeding.  Breeders work for years to produce a single new seed variety that may be only slightly better than its predecessor variety.  But slight improvements, upon slight improvements, upon slight improvements add up over time.

“Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it … he who doesn’t … pays it.”

Albert Einstein

At SeedSuperStore,com we take great pride in upgrading our seed products with the newest and best seed varieties in the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP).  Our policy is to never use a new variety unless it demonstrates equal to or better performance than the variety it replaces.  That way we are assured of making progress.

I cringe when I see grandiose performance claims for seed products without reference to a seed label or any indication of the seed varieties used to produce those fantastic results.   In the same vein, but not quite so bad, are seed blends that are promised to contain two or three varieties taken from a much longer list of varieties.  Some companies claim this is necessary due to fluctuation of seed supplies from harvest to harvest.  That explanation held water before the internet age, but now it is possible to change a seed label and product description with a few keystrokes.  There should be no question about product descriptions and product availability on a well operated website.

It’s almost as if plant breeding doesn’t exist or doesn’t matter.  Why else would you deny this important information to your customer? Perhaps those exaggerated marketing claims fail to stand up to independent scientific performance evaluation, so it is better to keep your customers in the dark as much as possible.

Remember your lawn will never be better than the genetic potential of the seed you plant, no matter how much time, effort, and money you invest afterwards.

Drew Kinder

 

 

 

 

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