Seed Production

  • Lawrence O. Copeland
  • Miller B. McDonald


During the last 50 years, the availability of high-quality seed of improved crop varieties, along with modern power equipment, improved fertilizers, and better methods of weed and insect control, have revolutionized farming. The seed industry has played a vital role in this modern revolution, with its expanding production capability, efficiency in rapid seed increase of new varieties, and effective maintenance of genetic purity. The quantity of seed needed by farmers each year is enormous. It is estimated that North American farmers alone use over 12 billion pounds annually of field crop, vegetable, flower, and tree seeds.


Hybrid Seed Production Cool Season Grass Warm Season Grass Alfalfa Seed Seed Industry 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lawrence O. Copeland
    • 1
  • Miller B. McDonald
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Crop & Soil SciencesMichigan State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Department of Horticulture & Crop ScienceOhio State UniversityUSA

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