After a decade of quietly, painstakingly sowing their seeds, Rutgers agricultural scientists are finally reaping the fruits of their labor. The "Rutgers Scarlet," as it is appropriately named, is being unveiled this month. "You have to be very patient to be a plant breeder," said Peter Nitzsche, associate professor and agricultural agent for Rutgers Cooperative Extension. "We have 13 farms across the state growing them on a test stage, and they are just coming in now. We’ve been harvesting in South Jersey since last week. This week, they’ll be harvesting them in Central Jersey, and next week, in northern New Jersey," said Bill Hlubik, a professor and agricultural agent for the Cooperative Extension.
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