Harvester injuries to seed reduce flax seedling emergence
AuthorsD. C. Erwin
W. H. Isom
M. J. Garber
Authors AffiliationsD. C. Erwin is Associate Plant Pathologist, University of California, Riverside; W. H. Isom (formerly Research Agronomist, Crops Research Division, ARS, USDA, Brawley, California) is Associate Agrommy Specialist, Agricultural Extension Service, U. C., Riverside; M. J. Garber is Associate Biometrician, Bio-metrical Laboratory, U. C., Riverside.
Hilgardia 18(12):10-12. DOI:10.3733/ca.v018n12p10. December 1964.
Cracking of flax seed caused by improper adjustment of combine threshing equipment has reduced the germination and vigor of seedlings, according to this report of studies conducted at University of California, Riverside, and U. S. Department of Agriculture, Brawley in the Imperial Valley. Seedsmen have often placed the blame on fungicidal treatment and long storage; but although mercurial fungicides have some adverse effects, cracked seed is largely responsible for the reduced seedling emergence.