Seed Testing

  • Larry O. Copeland
  • Miller B. McDonald


Seed testing is the science of evaluating seed quality for agricultural purposes. Although initially developed for evaluating the planting quality of field crop and vegetable seeds, it is also valuable for determining the quality of lawn, flower, and tree seeds.


Germination Test Soybean Variety Weed Seed Hard Seed Seed Moisture Content 
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General References

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Larry O. Copeland
    • 1
  • Miller B. McDonald
    • 2
  1. 1.Michigan State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Ohio State UniversityUSA

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