[Market-farming] Market-farming Digest, Vol 109, Issue 12

hdoering at pressenter.com hdoering at pressenter.com
Tue Feb 14 22:37:34 EST 2012

Germination Energy is a term that seed companies use to express how much 
energy a seedling has beyond initial germination.  Total Germination is one 
figure(maximum potential seed stand from the seed lot), and the Germ Energy, 
which will be at or below the Total Germ figure and will give an indication 
of how well the seedlings will continue to develop and grow after 
germination.  Sometimes it's genetic and in some instances it's a factor of 
seed age.  If seed companies are backed up on seed and selling old seed, you 
may experience a lower germ energy on that older, stored seed.  Maybe ask 
what year the seed lots are from that they've shipped you to either confirm 
or eliminate that as a reason for poor seedling performance.

Heidi Doering
Roberts, WI

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> Hi Everybody,
> How is your seeding going?  I am noticing a lot of early troubles
> and I am beginning to think the vast majority of seed is extremely
> nutrient deficient.
> The other day some chard and spinach germinated and soon started
> damping off despite sterile seed mix soil, gorgeous hot water bottom
> radiant heat concrete germinating/growing pad, 70 degree air temp
> and a gentle fan circulating the air.
> I fed the seedlings a high calcium, high phosphorus, micronutrient
> mix with some carbs and problems immediately stopped and plants
> regained their vigor.
> I have some friends germinating tomatoes for retail sales and 5 days
> after emergence it is pale and weak and damping off despite the same
> ideal conditions as above.
> I thought seed had 21 days worth of food stored up inside.  These
> new baby plants are horribly malnourished at an early age.
> I am talking about seed from virtually every supplier; Johnnies, Burpee,
> Wild Garden, Baker Creek, Ball, Seed Savers, etc.
> Is agronomic practices among seed growers really that bad?  Why am I
> having to rescue these plants at 5 days after emergence?
> I don't mind if seed growers use various chemicals to protect their crops
> but at some point they have to feed the plants.  Are things really this 
> bad
> or is it just me?  I can't figure out what could possibly be wrong that
> results
> are this disappointing this fast.
> Any thoughts?
> Bill
> Chicago area, 5b I think.  They changed the map again.
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