Seed Conditioning and Handling

  • Lawrence O. Copeland
  • Miller B. McDonald


Seed as it comes from the field is almost never pure. It usually arrives at the cleaning plant containing large quantities of trash, leaves, weed segments, other crop seeds, and insects. If it contains such materials as green leaves and other high-moisture materials, it cannot be safely stored, efficiently handled, nor accurately cleaned until most of the foreign material has been removed. The process of removing these unwanted materials from a seed lot, along with overall improvement of seed quality, is known as seed conditioning.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lawrence O. Copeland
    • 1
  • Miller B. McDonald
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Crop & Soil SciencesMichigan State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Department of Horticulture & Crop ScienceOhio State UniversityUSA

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