This Is Why Seed Conservation Is a Good Idea

You’ve heard about how good things come in small packages, right? Well, the fact is that seeds are another perfect example of a particularly little package of immense goodness. But like many species today there are also seed varieties going extinct or becoming endangered.

To prove why seed companies are investing in conservation efforts and better storage methods, think about these facts:

Seeds can help improve produce quality

One of the professions which relies most heavily on seed companies is farming. The agricultural industry relies heavily on agricultural products such as maize and corn to turn a profit, and many countries use this as a primary source of export income. But what can farmers do if the quality of their crops dwindles?

Seed conservation and storage provides farmers with a source of good quality seeds, especially from seed companies that make a point of collecting good quality product. These better quality seeds can then be used when planting, constantly bringing in better seeds with every season and essentially breeding better quality seeds for the future.

This ensures that farmers produce top quality agricultural products, and potentially in higher yields which will have adapted to the environment and its natural challenges. Of course, this also relies on some conservation of seeds on the part of the farmer as opposed to always buying, thereby conserving the best to combine with what is bought.

Seeds can be vital to land restoration

Seed suppliers in South Africa, a country familiar with the ecological rehabilitation needs following mining operations, have come to recognise the value of seeds in this process. And not just any seeds, but specifically native seeds.

Seeds that are native to a certain area are ideally suited to growing there, so planting native seeds on a site that needs rehabilitation provides a great chance of success.  The only limitation to this approach, especially where native flora is being consistently removed, is the availability of the correct seed variety. That is why it is important for seed companies to store and preserve as many varieties of seeds as possible, so that they can be used if and where needed.

Seeds feed countless individuals

Think about it: if you watch a documentary about countries where people are starving to death, what is the most common solution? What do humanitarian agencies provide them with, and what is the one food source generally available? The answer is almost always some variety of seed or grain like rice, maize, and so on.

These seeds and grains don’t just feed the starving though; they also feed even the wealthiest in society. So we need to make sure to conserve our seeds, otherwise even bread could disappear from the menu.

Looking for seed suppliers in South Africa?

Have a look at this directory page for a range agricultural products and seed suppliers in South Africa, as well as some related equipment.

What Are Your Plants Getting From Fertilisers Chemicals

From farmers growing agricultural products to residential gardeners, everybody knows about putting fertiliser over their plants. But even though you do understand it as part of the process, are you aware of what nutrients and chemicals in fertilisers provide for your plants?

The three most important, commonly occurring fertiliser chemicals are: nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium.

Nitrogen

Nitrogen is known as one of the most vital fertiliser chemicals because it is responsible for proper photosynthesis and growth. This is because nitrogen is a major component of chlorophyll, which is vital to photosynthesis.

Without sufficient nitrogen, plants will not have sufficient chlorophylls (typically presenting as pale shades of green or even yellowing in the leaves), which in turn leads in insufficient photosynthesis. This means that your plants wouldn’t be able to process energy from sunlight to convert this into the sugars and starches necessary for healthy growth.

Phosphorus

Phosphorous is especially important for the development of seedlings and young plants as it is essential for cell division and plant growth. Without sufficient phosphorous your plants will show stunted growth, and the roots will also appear spindly.

While the plant can still grow, it will not grow well, and in fruit-baring plants you may never see any fruit on that plant. Worst of all, even if the plant does grow and receive the necessary phosphorous later, it might never fully recover.

Potassium

The final essential fertiliser chemical you always want around is potassium, which affects the shape, size, colour and even taste of your plants.

Potassium plays a variety of roles in plants, including the regulation of CO2 uptake, producing Adenosine Triphosphate for energy, as well as regulating the use of water in plants.

In some settings proper potassium concentration has even been proven to aid in drought resistance, which will be of particular interest to areas suffering water shortages now (like the Western Cape).

Find a reliable fertiliser supplier

It is quite obvious, even from such a brief overview, how important these fertiliser chemicals are for your plants. So you need to make sure you have a good, reliable fertiliser supplier on call at all times. For other quality agricultural products, have a look at this agricultural directory to find whatever you may need.

Trees Fall in the Middle of Winter

The rain during the cold months has been ridiculous. We have had snow, then a thaw, then rain, then a refreeze and it repeats. Our front lawn was so saturated during the warm spell in the middle of winter that when the thunder storm and winds hit, the tree fell over. It had a huge root ball that was about 12 foot high. We had to call a tree service in Nassau County just to clear a path so we could get out of our driveway. The tree was part in our yard and part in our neighbor’s yard. They cut it in the middle so we could get out. Then they had to come back and take the rest of the tree apart branch by branch to remove it in trucks.

I am just happy that it did not fall on anyone or anything. It could have killed people, crushed either house or smashed our vehicles. No one was injured, and only the lawn got messed up. Well, some hedges on our side are flat, but we were going to take them out in the spring anyway. They just got an early removal. Continue reading “Trees Fall in the Middle of Winter”

I Have a Good Summer Job

I have been doing really well in my summer job and more importantly to me in the vacation that I am sort of taking.in the process. Of course it is all possible because I have been dating this girl who has a grandfather with an interest in a golf resort in Myrtle Beach, SC. How he is involved in the place I am not really sure, in fact it does not seem like he does anything. At any she is right here beside me on the deck, I just rubbed some Green Beaver sunscreen on my face and she told me about how it was all natural and organic. Continue reading “I Have a Good Summer Job”