Outreach for the Breeding Non-Commodity Corn for Organic Production Systems Project

Outreach

This webinar on managing a certified organic winter nursery for corn breeding, by Bryan Brunner, Kevin Montgomery and Paul Scott, was presented on eOrganic on December 16, 2014. 

This presentation on breeding high nutritional value corn for organic farming systems was presented by Walter Goldstein of the Mandaamin Institute at the Organic Agriculture Research Symposium in La Crosse, Wisconsin on February 25, 2015

Video of Walter Goldstein, Mandaamin Institute discussing the breeding of nitrogen efficient corn

Outreach Goals and Plans

The goal of our outreach plan is to disseminate the products of our research and breeding efforts and to teach our customers how to use the information and germplasm we have produced. This will be accomplished through our research network, through direct interactions with farmers and seed companies at annual field days and through the world wide web.
We will produce an instructional video on maize cultivar types. This will provide the information needed by organic producers to decide if hybrid varieties or OPVs are best for them. Our recommendation will be to work with small seed companies if they want to produce hybrids. If they are interested in OPVs, we will inform them of potential sources of OPV seed including companies, on-farm seed producers and public sources.

To further engage producers and seed companies who wish to grow OPVs, or test or use our inbreds and hybrids, we propose to develop a self-sustaining network to serve on-farm seed producers. This network will be coordinated by Mandaamin Institute with support from E-Organic. Members of this network would receive guidance from our cooperators on selection of OPVs that match with their production system and product goals. Members would receive seed of the desired varieties and produce the variety using their desired production practices. We will produce and make available an instructional video on production of OPV seed in the context of the OPV network that will allow them to produce seed of the selected variety. Each member will be required to return to the network an amount of seed sufficient to ensure sustainability of the network. Though intellectual property agreements will be different for each breeding program, it is expected that farmers will have freedom to multiply, save, and use open pollinated varieties for their own farm grain production at no extra cost.