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Author Topic: New Strain of Certified organic Okra Seeds
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  fourteenmilecreek
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New Strain of Certified organic Okra Seeds    (Posted Tue, Jan 31 '12 at 03:03 UTC)

My Name is Ron Cook,

Each Spring, I break a quarter acre, Certified Organic garden with a team of mules, then plant several rows of okra in 150' foot long successions (kind of like you would with corn). Each year, for the past seven years, through a selective harvest process, I've taken my best seeds and kept only the ones that promise to carry on the desired (H.H.) traits that I'm looking for. I take these seeds and plant them in a separate plot of ground. In this way, I've developed a new Strain of Certified Organic Okra that I call "HEAVY HITTER".

During the drought and extreme heat of 2011, while other gardens were failing, one of my 'HEAVY HITTER' plants produced well over 200 pods of okra and grew over 60 branches! A photo of this plant is posted on my project page. My "HEAVY HITTER" okra stalks on average were more than two inches in diameter (8" inches in circumference). A few, due to their extreme lateral growth of branches, could not be accurately measured.

In order for okra seed from this Clemson Spineless variety, to meet this strict criteria for harvest, the parent plant must exhibit over 40 tender okra pods simultaneously, grow more than 30 branches, and bare over 100 pods per season. This Spring, I will be working in collaboration with My State's Agricultural University to develop this strain further.

To read more about my new Certified Organic seed project, go to: www.ruckethub.com Press the red colored (EXPLORE) tab, and type into the search field.... "Developing a new strain of crop-food plants" There you will see details of my new Certified Organic Seeds project. Through this coming year's seed increase, I hope to be able to share this new strain with neighbors, friends, and other curious farmers wanting to carry on where I left off.

Happy gardening in the up-coming 2012 season!
Ron


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 fourteenmilecreek
 Tahlequah
Re: New Strain of Certified organic Okra Seeds    (Posted Wed, Feb 8 '12 at 09:54 UTC)

The project can be viewed by Googling:
Project: Developing a new strain of crop-food plants | RocketHub

OR

You can see it in person at the 6th Annual Plasticulture Conference on February 11, 2012 at the Moore Norman Technology Center in Oklahoma City, where it will be presented by Dr. Lynn Brandenberger PhD. and Ron Cook, Certified Organic Farmer and seed developer.

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 muscadineman45
 ELLIJAY
Re: New Strain of Certified organic Okra Seeds    (Posted Wed, May 21 '14 at 05:21 UTC)Positive Rank

I have tried to find a source for the Heavy Hitter okra seeds but without success. There doesn't seem to be any recent posts about it. Has the project been dropped? I would certainly like to have some seed even if only a few. Thank you.

Lloyd Pritchett
 fourteenmilecreek
 Tahlequah
Re: New Strain of Certified organic Okra Seeds    (Posted Wed, Nov 26 '14 at 05:37 UTC)

This post made November 26, 2014... The Heavy Hitter okra seed project has not been dropped. I have sent about 11 pounds of these seeds to Monrovia, Liberia since 2012, through the USAID project to foster sustainable agriculture in that war torn land... Eleven pounds equals about 80,000 seeds. If you can imagine a very conservative production rate of one pound of okra per plant, that would equal 40 tons of food! I have also sent these seeds to India. I have a few pounds of this seed on hand at present for distribution in the United States.

I don't have a working tractor, and have done all my gardening by hand using a team of mules since 2008. As you can imagine, this is very laborious, and slow work! To see photos of these okra plants, Google or Yahoo 'heavy hitter okra images' You can also see them by visiting Green Country Seed Savers on the web. We have monthly meetings, where we all exchange seeds with one another at no charge. We are also very heavily involved in promoting beekeeping. George McLaughlin holds seminars each Winter and is a veritable encyclopedia of beekeeping information!

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