The first step in initiating seed germination is imbibition of water. As the seed takes on water (up to 30 percent of its own weight for corn and 50 percent for soybeans!), enzymes within the seed start converting starch from storage forms into forms that will help feed the newly awakened embryo. Cell membranes in the seed have to rehydrate to re-initiate growth; that process can go awry in cold temperatures.
Categories: Agronomy, Agronomy Talk
Tags: planting, Spring Planting, Soil Temperatures, Soil Moisture, cold soils, seed germination
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