Commercial Quantities Only - No Garden Seed Packs Available
At Mountain Valley Seed we not only produce certified potato seed, but we sell you well sized seed that will plant evenly. Any planter will plant better with one drop seed and a few splitters and a good stand will make a big difference in the final yield. Our big potatoes go to the warehouse so you don't have to worry about huge seed that has been sliced and diced increasing problems with diseases and weird shaped seed that those planter cups just won't pick up.
High Altitude Advantage
Our seed is produced in the San Luis Valley of Colorado - the highest alpine desert in the world at 7600 feet above sea level and 20 to 50 miles wide and 100 miles from north to south. This climate gives our seed potatoes a high altitude vigor. The mountains all around form a natural barrier and the cold winters eliminate or reduce some pest problems. Green peach aphids populations are reduced by a grower funded, area wide Integrated Pest Management program. This, and the limited generation program of Colorado potato seed, leads to low levels of leaf roll in our seed. The tissue culture labs, greenhouses, breeding program, and inspection service also insure top quality seed. All certified potato seed in Colorado must be inspected by the Potato Certification service commissioned by the Colorado Department of Agriculture in conjunction with the Colorado Certified Potato Grower's Association (an association of seed growers). Field inspections coupled with modern testing techniques, such as the use of ELISA (Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay) for virus detection and winter grow out tests insure that the entry level stocks are free from harmful potato viruses and bacteria. Federal and State Marketing Orders are in place in Colorado, requiring each load of seed shipped out of the marketing area to have a Federal/State inspection for grade and quality. This assures the buyer of receiving the size and grade requested every time.
Commitment to Quality
Our seed stocks start from tissue culture derived greenhouse mini tubers. This clean stock is increased under strict management to insure quality. Fields are closely monitored for insect pests using pan traps, sticky traps and individual field monitoring and sweeping. Pest control is a season long effort using many tools such as trap crops, natural predators, the right pesticides and isolation. Strict sanitation is always utilized. We use separate equipment for our lower generations of seed and a hot seed cutter to ensure low disease levels. Special care is taken during harvest and storage to minimize tuber damage and maximize long term storage.
Colorado holds a unique position, located in the west central part of the U.S., making its seed easily accessible to all major growing areas in the U.S. and Mexico.
Presently we grow potato seed of the following varieties in quantities of G1 through G6. Call for more information on generations and quantities available.
Know what you're buying. Different states use different generation names on potatoes that have been in the field different numbers of years. For a table explaining these differences click here. Also, for a chart to help estimate amount of seed needed to plant a specific area click here.
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