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wildforager
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USDA Germplasm Bank

Postby wildforager » Sat Dec 26, 2015 7:41 pm

Greetings,

Now that we are looking at what scions we can trim I'd like to encourage everyone to take a look at the USDA Germplasm Bank. Just heads up, deadlines are fast approaching for requesting scionwood from the USDA Germplasm banks. Not familiar with this? In a nutshell, we U.S. citizens can order scionwood for free from various government sites around the country for "research purposes". Some may ask for postage to help defray costs but thats only a request and it does not void any scion requests that you may have. Here are some links to consider......

Geneva, NY site- Apples, grapes & tart cherries.
http://www.ars.usda.gov/Main/site_main. ... 9-10-05-00

Corvalis, OR site- Pears, Mtn. Ash, Qunice, etc.
http://www.ars.usda.gov/Services/docs.htm?docid=5948

Davis, CA site- Figs, Pomegranate, Mulberry, Kiwi, Prunus, etc.
http://www.ars.usda.gov/main/site_main. ... 3-06-20-00

Good luck and Good grafting!
-Little John

Do you have experience ordering from the USDA? Please share your experience in this thread.
Little John - Sheboygan, WI - Zone 5b

tranman
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Re: USDA Germplasm Bank

Postby tranman » Sat Dec 26, 2015 7:50 pm

That's a good bit of info there. Thanks for the tip. Have you had luck with them?

there seems to be a site wide error on those links. hopefully they will get it back up
Tom - Zone 9B SF Bay Area, CA Scion List viewtopic.php?f=4&t=12
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Re: USDA Germplasm Bank

Postby aphahn » Sat Dec 26, 2015 7:53 pm

They have been great in the past.

However the Corvallis site is under quarantine currently.

http://www.ars.usda.gov/SP2UserFiles/Pl ... v.2015.pdf
Andy - Zone 6a Lat 39.9º N, Altitude 5390' Westminster CO ⚘ Scion List

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Re: USDA Germplasm Bank

Postby chikn » Sat Dec 26, 2015 10:17 pm

I've gotten apple scions from them spring and summer. Excellent quality, well labelled, and enough for MANY grafts.

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Re: USDA Germplasm Bank

Postby sandbur » Sun Dec 27, 2015 5:33 am

I had a mix up on my order last year, but ti was partly my fault. My wildlife friends are happy with the apple scion. I have 17 on order for this year. One Khazik apple and mostly northern plains/ Canadian Prairie Province varieties.
central Minnesota, Zone 3B, 4A

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Re: USDA Germplasm Bank

Postby smatthew » Sun Dec 27, 2015 8:18 am

The Davis repository (Wolfskill Experimental Orchard) will only fulfill requests from actual researchers. It's a new policy, started in 2015.
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Re: USDA Germplasm Bank

Postby tranman » Sun Dec 27, 2015 10:46 pm

ok, newb question. how do you request? Do you just call them up or is there a form you can fill out online? maybe i missed it. looking for apple scions.
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Re: USDA Germplasm Bank

Postby Aerospacefarmer » Wed Dec 30, 2015 7:17 am

There is an online form. The site is not easy to navigate however I used it twice once for scion wood and once for bud wood and both orders were of great quality and many of them are now in the ground and doing fine in their growth. I would recommend trying it as I was shocked that I finally received a handout from a government program that was actually worth something lol
Orchard hobbyist in north central PA with Apple, pear, Asian pear and peach trees

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Re: USDA Germplasm Bank

Postby tranman » Wed Dec 30, 2015 9:15 pm

it took a while to find the link and then the form. it's one big pdf. I guess they only do snailmail? I'll see if i there is an email link.

thanks
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Re: USDA Germplasm Bank

Postby brackishfigger » Tue Jan 05, 2016 10:59 pm

this link allows you to use the search function and you can compile a list of requests, then submit.

http://www.ars-grin.gov/


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