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Native Seed Production Manual for the Pacific NorthWest

Image of the cover of the Native Seed Production ManualThe Corvallis Plant Materials Center (PMC) announces a new publication available to seed producers (and seed enthusiasts) called the Native Seed Production Manual for the Pacific Northwest. This 192-page manual is a compilation of knowledge gained by PMC staff who have worked intimately with native plant species for more than two decades, since the early 1990’s.

The Native Seed Production Manual for the Pacific Northwest contains detailed, species-specific information for 17 grasses, 60 forbs, and 7 sedges and  rushes found throughout the Western regions of Oregon and Washington. It also contains information on all aspects of seed production, from  establishment and weed control to harvesting and seed processing. The back section features an equipment overview, which explains the various types of  equipment used at the PMC.

The PMC has been researching and conducting seed production of native plants on a small scale since its  inception in 1957. Techniques have been developed from scratch or adapted from more conventional species and refined through experimentation or trial  and error. PMC seed production efforts expanded in the 1990’s and 2000’s with the advent of cooperative relations with several federal land  management agencies including the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, US Army, and Federal  Highway Administration. Over those two decades alone, nearly 20 native grass species, 20 grass-like species, and 100 forbs were grown, evaluated, and  produced for seed by the PMC.

Request a Copy:
Printed copies are available for free on request by emailing Amy Bartow at amy.bartow@or.usda.gov.

Download Full Document

Seed Production Manual for the Pacific Northwest (Full doc) (PDF; 31 MB) Bartow, A. 2015. USDA-NRCS Corvallis Plant Materials Center. Corvallis, OR. December 2015. 192p. (ID# 12767).

Download Forbs Only

Seed Production Manual for the Pacific Northwest (Forbs only) (PDF; 24 MB) Bartow, Amy 2015. USDA-NRCS Corvallis Plant Materials Center. Corvallis, OR. December 2015. 144p. (ID# 12768).

Download Grasses Only

Seed Production Manual for the Pacific Northwest (Grasses only) (PDF; 13 MB) Bartow, Amy 2015. USDA-NRCS Corvallis Plant Materials Center. Corvallis, OR. December 2015. 78p. (ID# 12766).