Monday, August 30, 2010

corn-yellow dent seeds: germination

  • dent corn will germinate and emerge slowly and unevenly when the soil temperature is below 50F
  • enough moisture must be available in the soil for the seed to consume 30% of its total weight in water in order for germination to occur
  • the first part of the seed to emerge is the "radical"
  • the ideal growing point is usually 1-1.5 in. below the surface of the soil
  • if the soil is too wet then the seed could decay
  • soil should be between 70-85F for ideal germination