I'm Zac helmberger and I am working with a local CSA farmer to breed a potato that is optimized for our region. We are working with a clay loam soil in Northern New Mexico near the Colorado border. We don't have an especially long growing season so we will probably be uncosciously selecting for fast maturing breeds. We are primarily selecting for resistance to blight as this can wipe out the farmers' crop by August 15.
We have our first generation of true seeds and are really excited about this generation of seedlings. We will plant some in flats and direct seed the rest. I have purchased a "Seed Ace" a hand pushed precision vacuum vegetable seeder that can reliably singulate small and irregular seeds such as lettuce and beets. you can see it at:
We have about 100,000 potato seeds and the Seed Ace should help us tremendously to plant all of them with good singulation, spacing and depth. We plan to sow them at various depths from 0.5" to 1.0".
For giggles, I threw some seeds that were left over in my sieve onto the dirt in our indoor contained greywater planter and was amazed at the germination rate even though I just smeared the seeds around paying no attention to planting depth. I must've had at least 100 seedlings that grew happily during the winter but, as expected, they all died of blight.
I will upload pictures of the seedlings as they come available.