Quality of soybean seeds sampled during processing

Paula Folquini Cileide Maria Medeiros Coelho Daniele Nerling About the authors


Representative seed lot sampling is important in analyzing seed quality. This study aimed to determine whether sampling during processing and after packaging using samplers interferes in analyzing the physiological quality and health of soybean seed lots. The study was conducted with six and twelve soybean seed lots produced in the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 growing seasons, respectively. Two sampling methods were used, according to the Rules for Seed Testing: a) sampling during processing; b) sampling of seed lots stored in bags using a sampler. Seed quality was assessed by germination percentage, accelerated aging, and tetrazolium tests to determine vigor, and seed health using the blotter test. Sampling during processing and after storage in bags differ in the expression of seed vigor and health. Seed lot homogeneity is essential to determine the difference between sampling methods. Sampling in the processing flow is more representative and may be indicated for the germination test.

Index terms:
accelerated aging; blotter test; germination; Glycine max L

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