This morning is chilly, cool, brisk, or CHILE. Why Chile? Chile has become the second most important vegetable seed source to the United States. The seed companies started migrating to the southern hemisphere more than twenty years ago and now produce over half of the vegetable seed in the country of Chile. With all the new breeding technologies the seed companies moved a bunch of breeding facilities to Chile to enable the production of seed at twice the rate.
Seed breeding starts in a greenhouse with the development of different traits and moved to the field for mass production. The state of Idaho is the largest vegetable seed production state in the Union then followed by Oregon in the Willamette Valley region. With seed production in the southern hemisphere it allows the seed companies to produce some seed that comes up short in production due to poor weather conditions in the states plus allows the seed companies to bring better varieties at a quicker pace to market.
At Pahl’s we seed over 150 different types and varieties of vegetables in one growing season. 10 different sweet corn varieties, 9 different cabbage varieties, 5 different cucumber varieties, 21 different pepper varieties, 25 different pumpkin varieties, 29 different squash and gourd varieties, 63 different items and varieties for the CSA plots. To bring the best tasting, healthiest plants that produce the best products, we depend on the fact that Chile is a dependable seed source to feed the world.