|Better Farming Series 17 - Groundnuts (FAO - INADES, 1977, 40 p.)|
Make an experiment before sowing.
12. Put 100 seeds into damp sand. To keep the sand damp, cover it with a wet cloth or wet straw.
After 6 days, the seeds have germinated.
- Count how many seeds have germinated.
If 90 seeds have germinated, the seeds are good. The germination rate is 90 out of 100 (90 percent). This is a good germination rate.
If 40 seeds have germinated, the seeds are less good. The germination rate is 40 out of 100 (40 percent). This is a poor germination rate.
In making this experiment you have made a germination test.
13. For a field of good density, you must sow seeds which will give you more than 85 percent of plants (85 plants growing for every 100 seeds you sow). These seeds have a good germination rate.
If you have worked your field well and if it rains at the right moment, there will be few plants missing.