Germination testing and seed rate calculation


The correct plant density is an important factor in maximising yield of pulse crops. To obtain the targeted density it is necessary not only to have quality sowing seed but also be able to accurately calculate seeding rates. It is surprising the difference a slight variation in seed size or germination makes to the seeding rate required to achieve a target plant density. Seed size, quality and germination varies between varieties, from year to year, from paddock to paddock and should be checked for each seed line to be used.

This Pulse point includes information on the following:

  • quality of sowing seed
  • germination testing
  • calculating seeding rates


Factsheet 20 First Edition

Published: 01 Mar 2005