Evaluating Cotton Seed Quality

Type
Publication
Date of Publication
December 7, 2021
Price
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Overview

High-quality cotton seed is critical for establishing good stands. Over the last several years, producers have scrutinized the costs and benefits of numerous new cotton varieties. With the increase in the cost of most current cotton varieties and the use of new planting equipment, many producers are reducing seeding rates, placing even more importance on planting high-quality seeds. Many growers have opted to continue planting conventional cotton varieties and have continued saving seed to have it delineated, treated, and bagged for planting the following season. Producers who plan to save seed from conventional varieties are advised to evaluate seed quality before the planting season, using procedures such as the free fatty acid test, germination tests, and the cool-warm vigor index. This publication explains these two procedures and how to get them done for your seed. (2 Pages)

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