Emerald Research

Breeding the next Star Varieties

IMPERIAL VALLEY RESEARCH STATION

You can count on us to deliver seed of the best quality, backed up by years of research and experience. 

The highest selection standards have been applied by our breeders to maintain the level of quality products you deserve, as well as to develop new ones that adapt to the ever-changing global market. 

Our research fields, located right next to our main office in El Centro, California, extend for 15 Hectares, providing us with a vast area to develop and evaluate our hybrids each season.

IMPERIAL VALLEY ONION TRIALS

Join us in this walk-through of our hybrid onion trials, led by Dr. Michael Dessert, the breeder and owner of Emerald Seed Company. During this tour, you will see a selection of our most outstanding short-day yellow, white, and red onions, and gain more insight into the traits that make them stand out from other varieties.

We take pride in our onion breeding program, which has been running for more than 20 years, and consistently produces excelling varieties that only improve with each passing year.

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NEW NANTES CARROT HYBRIDS

January 20, 2021

After a thorough period of evaluations, we are ready to introduce new carrots to our product line. Take a look at these beautiful Nantes class varieties, excellent for the Middle East, Turkey, Mexico and South America. These heavy carrots are resistant to breakage and foliar diseases, while also begin very refined in their smooth skin and uniform roots. Make sure to try these on your next order, they are certain to impress in the field.

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2020 HYBRID ONION EVALUATION

April 28, 2020

Onions are ready in the Imperial Valley, which means it is time for our largest quality assessment of the year.

Our breeder carefully evaluates six main characteristics for a quality onion: color, shape, single centers, top strength, root strength, and disease resistance, to determine if the variety presents the proper traits for which it was bred. Once the evalua-tion is completed, a decision is made over which onions will move on to commercial production and which ones need further refining to reach their desired features.

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R&D TEAM EVALUATES 2020 BROCCOLI SELECTIONS

January 10, 2020

Sown in October 2019, our broccoli selections are almost ready for a final evaluation in our Imperial Valley research field.

Emerald Seed’s broccoli program has been slowly refined to keep only the best varieties, which are already being trialed and sold around the world. Make sure to stop by our field this February to find the perfect match for your market.