Gone to seed: In this trade, that's a good thing

Harvest begins on a coriander seed field for Imperial Vegetable Seeds Inc. in Imperial County. Coriander seed is what creates the great tasting cilantro that is used extensively throughout the world in cooking. COURTESY PHOTO

The seed industry in Arizona and Southern California plays a vital role in the world’s production of food, producing millions of dollars’ worth of seed every year that is distributed to countries around the globe to grow a wide range of crops.

In addition, hundreds of seed companies bring their unique genetics to the industry to help supply grower demand in many historic and new crops as well as to provide solutions to problems confronting growers dealing with disease, pests and climate change.

Gone to seed: In this trade, that's a good thing

Lyle Franklin, of TS&L Seed Co., is the current president of the Seed Trade Association of Arizona that includes seed companies in Arizona and Southern California. COURTESY PHOTO

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