This is an output prepared for the TECA database and is based upon the following RNRRS project:
Crop establishment is often poor in the semi-arid tropics. However, good crop stand establishment is essential for the efficient use of water and light, and a uniform stand is a pre-requisite for cropping success. Seeds that germinate quickly produce viable seedlings that are not dependent on rapidly declining moisture in the soil that may occur in rain fed systems. Soaking seeds in water before sowing gives the germinating seeds a head start and speeds up seed establishment with a corresponding increase in survival rates and yields.
Technology ID Code PSP043
Seed priming to improve stand establishment and yield in maize in Pakistan, India and Zimbabwe