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Sunday, February 17, 2019 Glenoma Kins Kibordmonki, WA

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I just realized a strategy I could use to help make good crosses. Last year I planted three Radach seeds in one hill. They performed well and I used at least two as pollinators. However, despite being in most ways a uniformly good seed there ended up being some potentially important differences in the plants. And the only way to tell if the differences might be genetic is to have all three plants growing out of the same hill...otherwise all of the differences may be ascribed to location. So my idea for 2019 is to have my pollinator plants in the same hill so I can compare them as they grow. I can then use them for pollinations and later in the year I can look at them and judge which was the best plant overall so I can better know which of the crosses I made are ones I may want to grow again.
I can still try for 1000 lbs with three in one hill. Might do 2005 Haist 1625 Gantner and 2528 for use as pollinators. I think this would make an interesting comparison of these plant's traits.
Perhaps I should squeeze in a fourth plant just for the sake of comparison.
 



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