Bug Scout 1982
Poor Germination Bugs Your Yields
(Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University)
Looks like you have the bag of the supper-early germinating variety!
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May 1, 1982

It's the springtime when a young man's fancy turns to thoughts of love, baseball, and poor seed germination!  Poor seed germination?  If the young man is a farmer you can bet he will be concerned about seed germination.  Good seed germination is important to stand establishment, which is a key to successful crop production.

Many factors influence seed germination and early-season crop growth.  These include seed quality and viability, insects and diseases, cultural factors, chemical problems, and the weather.

Planting certified seed guarantees good see quality.  Use of insecticide and fungicide seed treaters reduces losses to insects and diseases.  Remember, decaying seeds attract insects, so the insects ight not be the cause of the problem.  Proper seedbed preparation and planting depth also reduce early-season problems.  Chemical problems can be avoided by using proper rates and methods of application.

Probably the greatest single factor influencing poor germination is the weather.  You can't do much about the weather.  Remember that a week of good growing conditions often works wonders for a sick-looking crop.

by Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University

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