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Understanding Weed Seed Banks and Germination

County Agent News
Dan Folske
April 12, 2019

Soil Temperature/ Bowbells: 32F (at 4 inches under bare soil)

Understanding Weed Seed Banks and Germination

Weed seeds have a host of characteristics that assure their survival. They are adapted to many types of disturbance and many climatic conditions.

One feature which can be used to manage weeds is their germination temperature range. A field which has primarily weeds with cooler germination temperatures will have the weeds growing early and delaying cultivation or spraying of a burn down herbicide prior to seeding may have most of the potential weeds emerged for good control.

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