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Seeding rate for small grains

To achieve maximum grain yield, it’s important that the population is optimal.

The optimum population is a function of the production environment, the yield goal and the planting date.

Optimizing plant population

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Calculating the number of seeds

Calculating the right amount of seed is an important first step toward maximizing yield.

The seeding rate is a function of the:

  • Number of kernels per pound of seed.

  • Percent germination of the lot.

  • Expected stand loss as a function of the quality of the seedbed.

  • Desired stand.

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Jochum Wiersma, Extension agronomist; Joel Ransom, Extension agronomist and Vern Hofman, emeritus agricultural engineer, North Dakota State University

Reviewed in 2018

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