Only about 60 percent of canola seeds survive to become plants, on average. With the following tips, canola farmers can increase seed survival and get more from their seed investment. Please read the updated version of this article.
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How to increase seed survival rates
On average, only 50-60% of canola seeds put in the ground actually survive to become plants. This updated article has tips on how to improve that number.
How to increase canola seed survival rates
Canola seed survival has room to improve. The percentage of canola seeds that emerge to form plants is typically 50 to 60 per cent, but some growers have achieved 90 per cent in some fields. This article provides tips to strive for 75 per cent emergence and give each seed a better chance to contribute…
Tips to increase seed survival
At the same seeding rate of 5 lb./ac., for example, you achieve a lot more plants per square foot at 70% survival than you do at 40% survival. Here are some of the agronomic measures you can take to increase seedling survival. Canola seeded at 1″ (left) emerges faster and healthier than canola seeded at…
Seed survival: Are you at 60%?
The seeding rate calculator at canolacalculator.ca defaults to 60% seed survival, which is fairly typical for canola in Western Canada. If choosing the default isn’t your style, the best way to find out the typical seed mortality in your system is to start doing your own stand counts and cross-referencing that with your actual seeding…