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  1. Vol. 51 No. 11, p. 680-684

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Interaction of Moisture and Temperature on Viability of Forage Seeds Stored in Hermetically Sealed Cans1

  1. T. M. Ching,
  2. M. C. Parker and
  3. D. D. Hill



Crimson clover containing 6% moisture remained highly viable after 3 years under all temperature conditions, while ryegrass showed some decline in germination at 38° C. Seed with 8% moisture preserved well except at 38° C, whereas seed with 12 and 16% moisture remained viable only at 3° C. Seed with 16 and 20% moisture at 22° and 38° C. deteriorated within 3 months. Decline of viability could be retarded by improved storage conditions.

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