(58 days) F-1 hybrid. Nantes type. Tom Vigue says “unbeatable as a summer carrot.” Not yet a grandmother in the carrot world, relatively new Yaya is in the same quality class with Mokum and old favorite Nelson, a standout three straight years in our observation plots. In his stale-bed method carrot intensification project in 2012 in Monroe, Maine, grower Mark Fulford achieved a yield of 254 lb from a 150 sq ft 4-row carrot bed using Yaya, more than 80% #1s. That averages out to 73,000 lb/acre, more than double the average carrot yield according to the USDA. Averaging 6", Yaya is slightly shorter-rooted than Nantes Fancy but more flavorful. Strong tops, good for bunching. Crisp clean sweet carrot flavor. Can be used for baby or full-sized carrots. Showed some tolerance to ALTS in our 2009 MA plot. ④
Extra care and attention are needed to grow carrots from pelleted seed successfully. Not correctly using the pelleted seed negates the benefits that its higher cost reflects. Success will hinge upon being mindful of soil temperatures and maintaining proper soil moisture. We recommend soil temps of 65-75°. All carrot seed, and especially pelleted carrot seed, needs consistent moisture in order to germinate. A deep soaking of the planted area after seeding helps wet and break apart the clay pellet. Once the planted pellet is wetted and breaking down, it is of utmost importance to not let the soil dry out.
Commercial growers: Pelleted carrot seed is best used in conjunction with a precision seeder. The pelleted seed neatly fits into the singulation mechanisms of precision seeders to drop one seed at a time to a pre-set spacing. This minimizes the labor intensive thinning process, giving commercial growers added control over this high maintenance crop. It is recommended that growers use raw carrot seed if using anything but a precision seeder. Cover beds with row cover for 5-7 days, laid flat, to keep wind from drying out the soaked soil and the early stage emerging seedling.
Home gardeners: We recommend hand sowing seeds every 1" to reduce hand thinning. Lay wetted newspaper on top of the seeded area for 5-7 days to keep soil moist during emergence.
2093 Yaya, Pelleted - Organic
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Pelleted carrot seed
We offer pelleted carrot seed for three varieties. Pellets can save time-consuming thinning for both home gardeners and commercial operations. They can be sown by hand or by using precision seeders. Our carrot pellets are size 11.5. Pellets have one major drawback: the process shortens the viable life of the seed. Buy only as much pelleted seed as you need for this season. It will not hold over well. Our pellets use an inert clay coating that is in compliance with NOP standards. At 1" spacing 100 pellets will sow about 8', 250 pellets around 20'. Keep pellets cool and dry prior to planting and maintain steady soil moisture during the germination period.
⅛ oz packet sows 35 ft; 1 oz, 280 ft. 1 gram packet has more than 600 seeds and sows about 10 ft. Carrots average 18,000 seeds/oz with significant variations among varieties.
Culture: Very hardy. Early carrots can be sown by late April. Can take up to 3 weeks to germinate; keep rows from drying out for faster emergence. Sow carrots for winter storage in mid-late June. Thinning is critical: At 3" high thin to ½" apart, at 6" thin again to 1" apart. Minimal germination temperature 40°, optimal range 60–85°.
ALTS: Alternaria Leaf Spot
CLS: Cercospora Leaf Spot
ALTS shows up first on the oldest foliage as brown-black spots edged with yellow. Foliage blackens and shrivels as it develops and spreads. Maintaining a good crop rotation is the best preventive.