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  1. Vol. 65 No. 3, p. 417-422
    Received: June 13, 1972

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Analysis of Interrelationships among Seedling Vigor, Field Emergence, and Yield in Wheat1

  1. P. R. Das Gupta and
  2. H. M. Austenson2



To evaluate various seed quality criteria, 86 samples of spring wheat (Triticum aestivum L. ‘Manitou’), obtained from farmers in 1969, were grown in the same year with and without Panogen 15 seed treatment in replicated field trials at three locations in Saskatchewan. Untreated seed samples were grown again in 1970 at one of the locations. Determinations were made in the laboratory of various seed and seedling characteristics supposedly related to seedling vigor. Grain yield was increased significantly due to Panogen 15 treatment by 2.5 and 4.9% at two of the three locations. Seed samples high in ‘unaided’ vigor as reflected particularly by a modified germination test of untreated seeds, showed little response to the fungicidal treatment. Yield variations between samples were most consistently dependent on standard germination, 02 uptake, and field emergence. It was concluded that the standard germination test could be supplemented with other tests to more reliably assess expected crop performance. The rate of 02 uptake by seed during the 8th and 9th hours of imbibition was found satisfactory. Further research to develop a rapid and efficient method of determining early seedling growth in darkness is recommended.

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