2011 Soybean Seed Issues - March 2011
[Title Slide - 2011 Soybean Seed Issues. Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board.]
[Brent Griffin – Prairie County Extension Agent] This year, we’ll need to make every seed count. There’s not going be a lot of this re-planting potential or hopefully not, so we’ve got one shot. [Picture of soybean seeds. Slide 2011 seed - Low-moisture content; Fragile seed.] One thing is seed quality. Coming out of last year, a dry year, and many of our soybeans were harvested at low moisture content. Having this low moisture content the soybean seed and seed coat is running thin and very subject to damage and cracking and splitting.
[Picture of soybean seeds. Slide 2011 seed - Early germ test; Arkansas State Plant Board] One thing I’d ask growers, as they make plans, whether it be putting on insecticide seed treatments or fungicides for soybeans to be planted this year, is to go ahead and get an early germ from your soybean seed that you’ll be planting. You’re able to take a sample of these beans, send them to the Arkansas State Plant Board for a normal germination analysis. [Brent Griffin] Just to reaffirm that you’re getting good seed, the seed culture not busted up, and that what you do plant will come up and grow off for you.
[Narrator] Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast is a production of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture and was funded in part by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. For more information about soybean farming in Arkansas, contact your local county Extension office.
[Title slide - For more information contact your local county Extension office. Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board]