How to Determine the Type of Seed to Plant

By Patricia Bianca S. Taculao

There are numerous varieties of seeds available for planting. There are even hybrids that prove to be better versions of the crop because of higher yields or weather sustainability. Taking the land type, weather, and budget into consideration, choosing the right seed is critical in the long-run.

To get a better idea on the product of preference, here are some things to consider before making the purchase:

  1. Yield
    Since the produce is what most people are after, the first thing to look at is the crop’s yield. The consistency of the produce should also be inspected beforehand. Although yield is an important factor, it doesn’t act as the final deciding factor in the farmer’s decision.
  2. Risk Management
    If a crop quickly matures and is stronger against possible risks like intense weather, then it would lessen any additional cost in growing it. Selecting seeds that have different maturity rates can also ease out the harvesting process since it won’t mature all at once, leaving more possibilities of harvest throughout the year.

    Consider the different circumstances thoroughly before making the final decision about the seed to sow.

  3. Hybrid Selection
    Hybrids are created by cross-pollinating two plants to create a new version of it that bears more fruit or lasts longer in harsh conditions. Still, consider the environment where the seed will be planted to further ensure its growth because not all hybrids are better than the heirlooms.
  4. Performance
    Aside from the weather, soil content, and diseases should also be thoroughly thought out. Even if the plant has a high yield but proves to be weak when it comes to performing under varying conditions. Some hybrids are weaker than their heirlooms and need to be maintained frequently.
  5. Traits VS. Conventional
    Conventional seeds are those that can be bought just about anywhere and have been modified to a certain level. Traits are those inherent to a certain plant family that can be manifested in future generations. Pick the seeds that have traits or genetics that will be beneficial for the farm.
  6. Seeding Rates
    Find the right ratio of seeds per acre that will produce the right amount of yield when the harvest seasons comes around. Make sure that the yield expectations are not too high or too low. Having a realistic assumption in the amount of produce is more practical and easier to deal with.

These are only some deciding factors on which seed to choose among a wide array of choices. Ultimately, these things to remember highlight maximum profit without having to worry about an increase in liabilities due to disaster management and more.

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Patricia Bianca S. Taculao
Patricia Taculao, or Patty as she likes to be called, is a content producer for Manila Bulletin Digital Lifestyle. She graduated from University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. She loves to spend her free time, reading, painting, and watching old movies.

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