Importance of vigorous germination in corn intended for seed has been emphasized for many years. More recently, within the present decade, not only vigor of germination has been emphasized but likewise the adverse effect of molds upon germinability has been freely asserted. One of the objects in beginning the present study was to get some information upon the question of whether the corn crop in such a new part of the corn belt as South Dakota was indeed affected by ear rots and root rots and similar organisms. A preliminary survey of a number of seed houses where seed corn was stored as early as the winter of 1923-1924 emphasized the fact that corn ear rots are a condition as well as a theory in South Dakota, even though they may be less prevalent than in older sections of the corn belt.
corn germination, germination diseases, germination molds
South Dakota Experiment Station, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts
Hume, A.N. and Franzke, C.J., "The Germination of Seed Corn and its Relation to the Occurrence of Molds During Germination" (1933). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 275.