Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin
Mortimer, G. B.
Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin. Bulletin no. 25: proper care of seed vs. feed grain PDF (1015.5 KB)
Proper Care of Seed vs. Feed Grain "By Their Fruits Ye ShaMl Know Them." In raising live stock most of us use only the very best founda- tion stock. It is equally important to use only the best and most produc- tive seed in the raising of grain and other crops. VITAlITY OF SEED GRAINS IS AFFECTED BY: 1. Maturity.-Although seeds will germinate when not fully mature, the plants are weaker than those from fully matured seeds. 2. Size.-Large and heavy seeds have greater ger- minating power and produce plants with more vigor than small light seeds. 3. Methods of Curing and Preserving.-Seeds cured and stored in a moist atmosphere lose their strength quite rapidly. Seeds should lie stored in dry, cooL places. 4. Parentage.-Seed grains should come from plants which have a known pedigree. "Run out" strains produce seed of low vitality. 5. Storage.-Seed grains need to be stored in dry, cool places that are mouse and rat proof. What is the best foundation stock?-The best grains of any variety for seed purposes are those which give the largest yields of good quality. The Wisconsin pedigree varieties of seed grains and corn are the best for seed purposes because- (1) They have been bred from the very best stock. (2) They yield better than scrub varieties. (3) They stand up better in the field. (4) They germinate evenly. (5) They mature and ripen uniformly. (6) They are in greater demand. Do you raise your own seed grains?-Most of our grains have been known in the wild state within the written history of man. Through selection and cultivation they have been made different and more valuable. It is natural to expect then that they should be grown under nearly the same conditions as those under which they were improved. Plants like animals become acclimated to certain soil and climatic conditions. There is no truth in the old saying "Crops run out," providing proper attention has been paid to the selection and care of the seeds. Home grown seeds of the pedigree varieties are the best. You know exactly what kind of seeds you have, under what conditions they have been cured and stored and their age when using home grown seed. Do you keep your seed grains pure?-It matters little when
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