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Organic Edamame Report 2016

Organic Edamame Report 2016
Organic Edamame Report 2016
Organic Edamame Report 2016
Author: Krishna P. Sharma

This is a summarizing document to provide a verification support to the edamame (Glycine max (L.) Merr L.) study reported from 2009 – 2015 as an effort to help meet the mission of The Sharing Farm and Richmond Food Security Society. The 2016 study was designed using (a) segregating populations of spontaneous mutations identified and developed at The Sharing Farm, (b) varieties tested for adaptation at Richmond agro-climate, and (c) appropriate technology for local seed production. Studies were planted during the second week of May 2016 utilizing residual organic fertility from previous organic onion crop. Three feet long rows spaced 2 ft. apart were hand planted with 15 seeds. Single rows of the families of four segregating populations and five rows of adapted varieties plus four breeding lines made experimental units for comparative performance test. Plant growth status was closely and frequently monitored and any deviation from normal growth was recorded. Frequent showers and weeding kept the nursery moist and clean. However, health and vigor of seedlings which began to decline at seedling stage, continued to decline beyond 45 days after planting resulting into stunted growth associated with leaf yellowing and puckering of terminal growth – a complex cause of disease and nutrient deficiency. Severity increased irrespective of crop husbandry practices applied except nutrient amendment.

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