If you’re like many growers in our area, you’re planting earlier in the spring. That often means planting in cold, wet soil. Is your seed up to the challenge?

“When you consider your seed investment, you want the confidence to know that a certain lot number will perform well in cold, wet conditions,” said Brad Engh, agronomy sales team leader for MaxYield Cooperative. “We can test for that.”

While seed companies conduct standard cold germination and warm germination tests, there’s also a saturated cold-germination test you might want to consider. This is a higher-level germination or stress test to determine how seed will germinate under less-than-ideal conditions, including the variable weather conditions that tend to come with early planting.

“There are certain lot numbers that will work best for planting in cold, wet conditions,” Engh said. “We can help you with a saturated cold-germination test, which can give you a higher probability of success with planting.”


If you plant early, knowing the cold saturation germ helps you to select what hybrids to plant first and determine what fields to plant them in. The information can also help you adjust planting populations for cold, wet weather conditions.

Engh recommends conducting a saturated cold-germination test in March. The test can be run after the seed has been delivered to your farm, or while MaxYield is storing the seed for you. The MaxYield seed team can help you gather samples for testing.

“After the seed is sent to the lab, it takes about two to three weeks to get the results back,” said Engh, who noted there is a fee for the saturated cold-germination test. “We’ll help you review the results, so you’ll be ready for planting in early to mid-April.”•


For more information about the saturated cold-germination test, contact your local MaxYield seed or agronomy specialist. We appreciate your business.