1st Edition

Seed Conditioning, Volume 1: Management A practical advanced-level guide

By Bill R Gregg, Gary L Billups Copyright 2009
    497 Pages
    by CRC Press

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    Seed conditioning turns raw harvested seed into pure seed that is free of undesirable materials, safe from pests and diseases, and that which can be planted for a good stand of healthy plants of the desired crop. The cost of conditioning is a major component of the capital investment. Conditioning is the most significant process in the seed industry. It involves machines, engineering, operations, biology, physics, plant physiology and pathology, science, and business. It must be accurate, economic and practical. To make seed conditioners more efficient, this Seed Conditioning compendium was prepared. Based on real-life experiences, trials and efforts of many conditioners were compiled and distilled into a brief, easy-to-understand form.

    List of Illustrations
    List of Tables

    Business Laws
    Seed Law
    Seed Enterprise Structure and Organization
    Enterprise and Conditioning Planning
    Financing a Seed Enterprise and Conditioning
    Income from Conditioning
    Costs and Cost Control
    Conditioning Plant Area and Buildings
    Enterprise Technical Management
    Conditioning Organization and Staffing
    Conditioning Management
    Planning and Preparing for Conditioning
    Conditioning Records
    Conditioning Reports
    Safety in Conditioning
    Preventing Seed Loss
    Mechanical Injury to Seed
    Waste Products
    Dust Control
    Seed Bags and Containers
    Internal Quality Control (IQC)
    Testing Seed
    Lot Numbers
    Labels and Seed Identification
    Clean-out and Preventing Contamination
    Flow Management by Color Coding
    Seed Builiding Construction
    Seed Storage Principles
    Non-Conditioned Storage
    Conditioned Storage
    Managing Seed Storage
    Handling Certified Seed
    Training Operators and Staff
    Procuring Equipment for a New Conditioning Plant
    Color Plate Section


    Bill R. Gregg, Gary L Billups