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Vegetable seed production.

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This third edition includes summaries at salient points within the first six chapters, dealing with the principles and practice of vegetable seed production. A suggested further reading list is provided at the conclusion of each of the 16 chapters. The general updating of this third edition has included more detail on 'organic' seed and its production, and also considerations on genetically modifi...

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Chapter 3 (Page no: 50)

Agronomy.

This chapter presents examples of seed production areas (including parts of North America, especially the Pacific Northwest, northern Italy, Hungary and parts of Australasia), which have established based on agroclimatic and soil conditions, and the modification of the environment by using shelter (such as cover crops) and windbreaks. The importance of crop rotation for seed production and of plant spacing and density for weed control and optimum seed quantity and quality are described. The use of cages and protected structures, isolation in time and/or distance, zoning, and use of guidelines to ensure efficient roguing to maintain cultivar purity during seed production are discussed. Methods and techniques to assess postharvest seed lot quality; the use of pesticides for the control of pathogens, pests and weeds; production of vegetable seed for organic farming systems; some pre-sowing treatments used for vegetable seeds (including the application of pesticides for the control of seed- or soil-borne pathogens, modification of seed shape or size, and pre-germination) are also discussed.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Organization. Author(s): George, R. A. T.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 37) Principles of seed production. Author(s): George, R. A. T.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 75) Harvesting and processing. Author(s): George, R. A. T.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 91) Storage. Author(s): George, R. A. T.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 104) Seed handling, quality control and distribution. Author(s): George, R. A. T.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 116) Chenopodiaceae. Author(s): George, R. A. T.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 129) Asteraceae (formerly Compositae). Author(s): George, R. A. T.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 140) Cruciferae. Author(s): George, R. A. T.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 162) Cucurbitaceae. Author(s): George, R. A. T.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 181) Leguminosae. Author(s): George, R. A. T.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 202) Solanaceae. Author(s): George, R. A. T.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 226) Apiaceae (formerly Umbelliferae). Author(s): George, R. A. T.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 251) Alliaceae. Author(s): George, R. A. T.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 264) Gramineae. Author(s): George, R. A. T.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 270) Amaranthaceae and Malvaceae. Author(s): George, R. A. T.