Friday, June 23, 2017

Free okra seed available for trials

Ramesh Eerpina is offering free seed to any Ontario farmer who wants to try growing a crop of okra.

It’s a green pod-like vegetable popular in the Southern United States and some other countries.

The Research and Innovation Centre in Vineland has been working on the crop for more than five years, and now thinks that yields of 20,000 kilograms per hectare are possible.

Eerpina, who is the senior research technician of vegetable production with the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, says more than six million kilograms was imported in 2015 for sale in Ontario stores.

There’s okra information on the institute’s webside: