Seed quality can be impacted by certain diseases that were prevalent during the growing season. Producers should take certain steps when sowing lower quality wheat to help achieve a good stand.
Fusarium head blight can result in reduced germination for wheat seeds and make reading a germination test much more difficult. Having your seed professionally tested for germination is always a good practice and highly recommended when Fusarium head blight was prevalent.
Beyond the standard germination test, most professional seed testing labs offer an Accelerated Aging (AA) test that will test seed for anticipated emergence vigor. This test is very capable of identifying weak seed lots where there are issues with Fusarium head scab; heating in the bin; or smaller, development-stressed seed.
Producers may be anxious this year to find out the germination percent of the wheat they harvest to see if it will make suitable seed. For the most accurate results, read this article for the proper steps to take before conducting home tests or sending to a certified testing lab.