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  • Seed diagnostics offer insight into crop performance

    Hello, Today’s farmers pride themselves on using technology and science in their operations. They soil test to formulate the right nutrient package needed to maximize yield, use specialized seeding equipment, GPS and variable rate technology to ensure nutrients are accurately placed, and so on. Yet many farmers tend to forgo hightech diagnostic tools when it comes to seed selection. Seed is most often chosen on the basis of variety and germination, with the idea that as long as the variety has good germination it will grow well. But seed diagnostics can offer growers so much more. Which is why, besides germination, farmers might want to think about testing their 2017 seed for vigour and the presence of disease. In a presentation at the SeedGrowth Solutions Expo held in Saskatoon in March, Holly Gelech, from BioVision Seed Labs, said there was heavy disease pressure in 2016 therefore seed quality could be compromised. To illustrate her point, Gelech talked about fusarium graminearum, which may pose a serious problem for farmers this growing season. Last winter, fusarium graminearum was detected in 35 per cent of Alberta wheat samples submitted to BioVision. The average detection level for the previous four years was just 20 per cent. This is a huge increase in a province where fusarium is not yet considered a major problem in cereals. Thankfully, the severity level in the samples was relatively low, with an average infection rate of two per cent this year. Still, this means two out of every 100 seeds in over a third of the wheat samples tested was infected with fusarium graminearum. BioVision uses 100X magnification when examining seed for signs of disease as fusarium-diseased seed can look normal to the naked eye. The lab uses DNA testing and/or a plated test when looking for fusarium. thanks more details: B2b Digital Marketing Campaign(https://blog.advids.co/20-top-b2b-digital-marketing-and-advertising-campaign-examples/)