Inter-Specific Cotton Hybrids – How it All Began

31/12/2011 4:53:00 PM by Yechiel Tal, Ph.D.

Yechiel TalUpland cotton which belongs to the Gossypium hirsutum species of cotton constitutes most of the world’s cotton production and use (about 95%). Commercial varieties of this cotton are cultivated in all cotton growing countries. Many of the varieties are developed locally and so have been adapted to the particular local growing conditions. Some varieties of big international seed companies have a wide range of adaptation and are common in several countries.
Performance and yields depend on the variety and the growing conditions. In general, Upland cotton is regarded as having low to medium quality in fiber length, strength and fineness. However varieties differ according to their fiber characteristics; values range from less than 1″ to 1.17″ in length, from 24 to 29 gr’/tex’ in strength and fineness ranges from 3.5 micronaire (fine) to 6 mic’ (very coarse). Continue reading

Forget the nutritional recommendations and just eat more vegetables

25/10/2011 1:11:00 PM by by Harold Frazier – Jr. Onion Breeder

Harold FrazierHave you ever stopped to wonder what is a sincerely concerned person supposed to do with the information contained in the nutritional panel on a box of food? Ideally, I suppose, they would get exactly 100% of each listed nutrient each day (the RDA), adjusted for their age, gender, body-type and activity level. Unfortunately, this is an impossible task. As a result, the chief outcome of reading nutritional panels seems to be to make the consumer feel badly about their dietary choices. But worse than that, I would argue that an RDA is a ridiculous premise on which to base nutritional choices to begin with, because there is not a single nutrient that needs to be ingested every day for good health. I must admit, however, that the RDA does make for some amusing advertising when exploited by food companies. I personally break up laughing every time I see the advertisement on TV that proclaims that one bowl of cereal contains “half of a day’s fiber”. What, I often wonder, are the symptoms of fiber deficiency, and how will I suffer after I skip lunch? Will I stop functioning, like an automobile out of gas? Continue reading

The Wonderful World of Watermelons

07/07/2011 3:23:00 PM by John Nance – Eastern Region Sales & P.D. Manger

John NanceHi all. My name is John Nance and I am the new professional manager of Hazera Seeds Inc. A bit about myself: I was raised on a farm in Texas and received a M.S. in Agriculture from Texas Tech University. I have been in the vegetable seed business since 1986, and with Hazera Seeds Inc since 2004. I live in Fernandina Beach Florida with my wife Natalie. Continue reading

Some of the Health Attributes of Onions

09/05/2011 12:26:00 AM by Joel Canestrino – Onion Breeder

Joel CanestrinoHello there, the Short-Day onion breeder for Hazera in the United States here. My breeding program is in New Mexico, just a few miles south of Las Cruces. Many plant breeders work on only one or two commodities for their entire career becoming experts not just on the breeding and genetics of their crops, but also the culinary uses, processing, marketing, seed production and agronomy of their crops as well. Continue reading