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How to Determine the Quality of your Vegetable Seeds

Crops only grow to harvest from good-quality seeds. If you had great results one year, you may save seeds from that harvest in the hopes of future...

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Differences Between Open Pollinated and F1 Hybrid Varieties

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN OPEN POLLINATED AND F1 HYBRID VARIETIES The very best growers out there know there isn’t just one right way to grow. Over the centuries spanning...

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Announcing Debut of Palomina: A White Short-Day Onion

Following the semi-retirement of one of our most enduringly popular short-day white onion varieties, Marfil. Our unique short-day hybrid white onion, Marfil, has been the star of...

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Greenhouse vs. Open Field Cultivation: What is the Difference?

Farming nowadays faces challenges with quantity and quality at a grander scale than ever before. Farmers have to keep up with technology to make better produce. This,...

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Transplant or Direct Deed?

We see this question often, whether farmers benefit more from direct seed or transplant in effort, production, and yield. Let’s define each, discuss the pros and cons,...

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New Westar Seed Trials in Gilroy, CA

Following the excellent yields we had from the seed trials we began earlier this year, we decided to set up new tests, this time in Gilroy, California....

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Ecological Agriculture: Why and How?

First mentions of ecological agriculture appear during the 80s of the 20th century. It’s an overarching term for all methods which aim to regenerate the ecosystem (including...

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Sneak Peek at Week 6 of the Westar Seed Trials

Six weeks ago, we began our trials of one hundred varieties of our seeds to show customers the new genetics we’ve developed. In this article, we’ll share...

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Types of Seeds: Open-Pollinated, Heirloom, Hybrid, GMO, Organic

Confused with seed labeling? If you’re wondering what the words from the title mean and how they affect your selection of seeds, we’ve got a short guide...

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A Trial of 100 Seeds in the Westar Fields

From our open fields to our greenhouses, we at Westar constantly reach for a higher standard to breed, develop, and refine high-quality products for our customers. Our...

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Ecological Agriculture: Why and How?

The benefits of ecological agriculture are obvious - the produce doesn’t contain harmful substances, therefore it’s healthier. What else?

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Types of Seeds: Open-Pollinated, Heirloom, Hybrid, GMO, Organic

If you're wondering what the words from the title mean and how they affect your selection of seeds, we've got a short guide to tell you the...

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Common Seedlings Problems & How to Fix Them

Seedlings… The joy and pride of every farmer and gardener. Unfortunately, there are times when your seedlings are not doing as well as they should. Weakness or...

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How to Start Healthy Seedlings Indoors?

In today’s article, we will help you start seedlings indoors – so you can have them ready to move to your garden or fields as soon as...

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History of the Vegetable Seed Industry Domestic vs. International

A HISTORY OF THE VEGETABLE SEED INDUSTRY: THEN VS. NOW | DOMESTIC VS. INTERNATIONAL You can find yourself anywhere in the United States, and still grow almost...

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History of F1 Hybrid Seeds and Varieties

THEN AND NOW: THE HISTORY OF F1 HYBRID SEEDS AND VARIETIES Since the modern seed industry’s birth and beginnings almost 300 years ago, an astounding range of...

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History of Open Pollinated Seeds Then and Now

THEN AND NOW: THE HISTORY OF OPEN POLLINATED SEEDS AND VARIETIES The history of our favorite plant seeds—from vegetables and fruits, to herbs and flowers—is a long,...

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Differences Between Open Pollinated and F1 Hybrid Varieties

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN OPEN POLLINATED AND F1 HYBRID VARIETIES The very best growers out there know there isn’t just one right way to grow. Over the centuries-spanning the...

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How to Grow Bunching Onions?

Let us introduce you to one of our favorites – the Southport Improved Bunching Onions variety! It’s one of our most popular varieties and it’s no surprise...

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Vertical Farming: What Are The Advantages?

Scientists have begun researching alternatives to conventional farming. One of the best examples is vertical farming - a practice which has already been put to the test...

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Meet Isabella: Our New Hybrid Grey Zucchini Variety!

Zucchini is a delish ingredient in every kitchen – from traditional fried and marinated dishes to modern takes on bread and pancakes, it’s a healthy and nourishing...

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5 Alternatives to Chemical Pesticides for Your Garden

Don't spend time and money on pesticides - opt for these 5 alternatives to create a 'clean' garden which takes care of itself!

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AgTech Talk: What is the Future of Agriculture?

A few of the technological advancements which will make the future of agriculture brighter, as well as a few startups which are already implementing them.

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3 Reasons to Start Using Cover Crops (and a Quick How-To!)

If you believe you can’t benefit from cover crops because you’re only growing a small garden in your backyard - think again.

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