Did you garden? Enjoy going to local markets or stores that sell local produce? Have you noticed a decrease in the availability of fruits, vegetables and some varieties of flowers in the market- especially farmers markets?
The lack of readily available seed is real. This has put many avid gardeners in their tracks, and slowed the creation of small homesteads and farm market makers. But is there a real shortage? I don’t know. I have an opinion, but you have to shape yourself. There are backups. And people have a choice. They can try different things. Instead of Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans one can try Blue Lake Bush. Get the idea?
How the Pandemic affected Seeds and the Seed industry
2020 will see a lot of panic buying from first time gardeners and a large number of veteran gardeners. The former because they were worried about how to feed their families, the latter because they were worried about buying them all. By the fall of 2020, most seed homes will simply be sold. This trend continues during the winter leading up to spring 2021 when there are still not enough packaged seeds to go around. Many of the seed houses are still grabbing to fill previous orders in the fall, and have simply stopped taking new orders. Which scares people to buy more.
If something we want is always out of stock, we have a tendency to hold against it in the future. It doesn’t matter if it’s an Oreos item, seeds or toilet paper.
The last time a seed of this size was run was right before Y2K. Do you remember that? They hype around leaving many feeling as if they are just facing the world. The seeds flew off the shelves. Especially heritage and open -ended seeds. Literally, nary a seed can be found everywhere. People call the seed companies and say “I’ll take every inheritance you have!” And it was in the era before the Internet, Amazon, and other online shopping places.
At this hour, there was a huge surge in demand, packing delays due to lack of people dedicated to Covid-19, after adding some bad weather that ruined some seed crops, all this added to a loss that can continue. Many seed houses have ‘spare’ seed on hand, but not many. Seeds come from everywhere. They are raised by farmers specifically contracted to plant seeds. If a specific region is hit by thirst or hail, it can wipe out the plants, delaying another growing season. If producers don’t get enough staff in a timely manner, it also creates delays. Now that causes shipping and packaging, keep in mind the empty roads and businesses because of Covid-19.
There are many things behind the scenes that can cause a shortage. And if you’re in the back, it takes time to recover. But they work as fast as they can to get back to 100% capacity.- READ MORE
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