Under the Microscope, Ep. 8: The Value of a Pre-seed Pulse Screen

Ah, early spring — the days are getting longer, the snow is starting to melt ever so slightly, and farmers are dusting off the machinery in hopes of an early seeding season. While many are fine-tuning their crop rotations and acreage counts, the savvy farmer is also pouring over seed test results and using the information in them as a first step in establishing an optimum plant stand. Germ, vigour, thousand kernel weight and a disease screen is important for each crop, but these tests can be particularly important for early seeded peas or disease-prone pulses.

In this episode of Under the Microscope, Holly Gelech, business development manager with Biovision Seed Labs, explains why both germ and vigour tests can be especially important for peas or any crop going in the ground first and what pulse diseases are proving a particular problem this year. What’s more, Gelech also runs through just how big of an impact accounting for seed size in your seeding rate calculation can make (hint: it’s huge). Click here for a pulse seeding rate calculator.


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