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Moisturizing Pulses to Reduce Damage
Author: Rick Taillieu, Reduced Tillage LINKAGES
Date Created: November 16, 1993
Last Reviewed: May 11, 2007

Low moisture pulse seed is more prone to damage during handling including seeding operations. Many experienced pulse growers moisturize their pulse seed to reduced damage.

Generally speaking 7 gallons of water per 100 bushels of seed is required to raise the moisture content by 1%

Adding moisture to seed will increase the thousand seed weight and change the bulk density - be sure to adjust your seeding rate and recalibrate your drill.

Click here for the PAMI report on Moisturizing Pulses to Reduce Damage on the Alberta Agriculture & Food website or download the PDF using the link at the top of this article