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Home Grown: Transplants guarantee plants for almost every seed

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CBS 13's get to the root of the transplant process

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - Growers are always looking for more efficient ways to protect their crops and ensure every seed gets a plant.

For this week's Home Grown, we look into the process behind transplanting crops with Keithly-Williams Transplant.

Sean Foy, Nursery Division Manager with the company says in a day's shift, they plant over 1.7 million seeds ranging from crops like cabbage, cauliflower, kale, celery, fennel and peppers.

The company gets soil from Canada that is processed through a machine which fluffs it up and pokes a hole for the seed.

Then it is taken to the green house to grow.

Seeds are a bit pricey and transplanting almost guarantees growers will get a plant for every seed.

"Seed costs are relatively high. They'll get a plant for every seed that they give us up to a percent because you don't get 100% germination," Foy explained. "You just get a better stand. You can spray less chemicals. It takes less water for them to grow because we already give them a start. They start at about 45 days old."

Keithly-Williams grows about 3-400 million transplants per year.

Transplanting helps to avoid risks like weather issues, bug pressure and seed shortages since they are grown in a controlled environment.

News / Yuma County
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April was born and raised in San Diego where she loved the beach town and her two dogs, Lexi and Malibu. She decided to trade the beach for the snow and advanced her education at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. After a short 3 ½ years, she earned bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with minors in Journalism and Spanish but gained memories and friendships she will always remember.

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