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The attraction of Puerto Rico over Hawaii involves the tropical climate, the country’s location and its positive business environment.
This is the 6th piece in our "Week in Puerto Rico" series. Check back for more videos, photo galleries and stories in the series at www.farmindustrynews.com.
Piece 1: Video: Soybean, seed nursery business thrives in Puerto Rico
Piece 3: Photo gallery: Major rice company uses Puerto Rico for seed research, nursery
Piece 5: Gallery: Bayer CropScience expands see research, nursery in Puerto Rico
Seed produced in nursery fields is ready to be shipped to AgReliant for research.
While both Hawaii and Puerto Rico offer a year-round growing season, the season is slightly shorter in Puerto Rico. “We have a very fast growing environment, about 10-14 days faster than in Hawaii,” reports Ed Baumgartner, 3rd Millennium Genetics (3MG). 3MG is a Puerto Rican based company, but offers nursery services to U.S. and global seed companies.
Baumgartner says U.S. growers are often surprised to see plants emerge in 4-5 days in the island climate. This optimal growing weather can produce a crop in 90 days and up to four generations in one year.
In addition, the volcanic soils of Puerto Rico are black and fertile. The seed companies locate their nursery and research farms on the south side of the island where the land is flat.