Under the Microscope: Evaluating Seeds Born of the 2015 Crop


Dry summer conditions and a fall with off-and-on-again moisture have seed samples showing less disease than the past few years, overall, but perhaps a few extra issues with germination.

“What (late season moisture) is causing is pre-sprouting,” says Holly Gelech with BioVision Seed Labs. “One of the critical factors that growers should be considering is especially their barley germination. Now, barley has been bred to sprout quick and fast and uniform, and we were seeing that in the swaths.”

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But that’s not all she has observed. In this episode of Under the Microscope, Gelech walks us through what samples are showing thus far in the lab, including the presence of Fusarium graminearum, Ascochyta, the impacts of fall frosts and mechanical damage on germination across the major players in Canadian crops.

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