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Seed Production : Principles and Practices - Miller F. McDonald

Seed Production

Principles and Practices

Hardcover Published: 31st July 1997
ISBN: 9780412075513
Number Of Pages: 749

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Plant breeders continue to make significant advances in developing high yield­ ing, adaptable, disease-free crops. These advances, however, are not realized until an efficient seed production system is in place that rapidly increases geneti­ cally superior crops and makes them available to the consumer in large quantities at a reasonable cost. Successful seed production requires seed to be genetically pure, free of admixtures, and able to establish rapidly a uniform stand. Seed production is a complex process. Rigorous production criteria are followed by both seed producer and seed companies to ensure that high-quality seed is produced and marketed. These criteria become even more stringent in hybrid seed production. This volume identifies the factors most critical in a successful seed production operation. The fundamental considerations common to all seed crops are established in Part I, Principles of Seed Production. From this founda­ tion, the practices of seed production are provided in detail in Part II, Seed Production of Specific Crops.

Principles of Seed Production
Flowering and Seed Setp. 3
Seed Formation and Developmentp. 19
Fundamentals of Seed Productionp. 29
Plantingp. 37
Harvestingp. 59
Conditioningp. 78
Drying and Storagep. 104
Seed Quality and Performancep. 127
Evolution of the Seed Industryp. 136
Seed Certificationp. 148
Seed Marketingp. 171
Seed Legislation and Law Enforcementp. 180
Seed Production of Specific Crops
Cereal Seedsp. 193
Oil Seedsp. 253
Forage Legume Seedsp. 302
Cool-Season Grassesp. 406
Major Forage Grassesp. 440
Warm-Season Grass Seedsp. 490
Grain Legumesp. 554
Vegetable Seedsp. 590
Flower Seed Productionp. 644
Tree Seedsp. 686
Indexp. 719
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ISBN: 9780412075513
ISBN-10: 0412075512
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 749
Published: 31st July 1997
Publisher: Chapman and Hall
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 4.45
Weight (kg): 1.25