Whether you are a grower or seed breeder/producer, in the end, your seed size matters. Seed buildups to improve seed size is an excellent especially for seed lots that are falling under the desirable number of seeds per lb. From a seed breeder’s perspective you likely want to hit a target number of seeds per pound otherwise you may not be able to sell your seed. If you are a seed breeder who finds yourself with a significant amount of excellent quality seed with seed size specs that are too small to meet your customer’s preference, you may want to consider applying an encrustment to your seed. There is nothing worse than having an inventory of seed that cannot be sold because it is too small.
On the other hand, if you are a grower that is having issues with achieving singulation with your air planter you may want to consider an encrustment and or a small pellet. Onions are a perfect example. If you are using an air planter that performs best with a seed count of 95K seeds per lb. but your raw seed is 120K seed per pound you may want to add an encrustment to reduce the seed count to improve singulation when planting. As automated planters become more sophisticated, the number of seeds per pound and or the actual size of the seed will determine whether or not the seed will flow appropriately through your planter.
Seed Buildups to Improve Seed Size
When accepting orders for either seed pellets or encrustments, we also have to take into consideration the raw seed count. Every seed pellet and or encrustment has a minimum and a maximum number of seeds required for the seed build to meet quality standards. Monitoring incoming raw seed counts ensures that incoming seed meets Germains raw seed specifications which enables us to provide a quality build up. If the raw seed is too small or large it may jeopardize the integrity of the seed build-ups causing it to crumble and or suffocate the seed with too much buildup. At times we do have decline orders when the raw seed does not meet the specification for the treatment being ordered. If that is the case we ask the customer to request the correct seed size from their seed distributor and or breeder.
The following chart provides you with details about Germains product specifications by species:
When ordering your seed for treatment it’s important to keep the raw seed specifications in mind so that you may avoid delays for getting your seeds treated. If you have a species that needs to be treated but not listed, please submit your inquiry via our website inquiry page and a representative will get in touch with you. Or feel free to give us a call to speak with a sale representative by dialing 408.848.8120 x 33.