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Seed covering may help early planters

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(KTIV) With the planting season coming up the USDA says Seedling success sometimes depends on a good cover up.

USDA's Agricultural Research Service says that sowing seeds protected by a thin polymer layer can help farmers optimize spring planting schedules.
   
Early spring planting in cold and wet soils like last year can damage seeds.
   
When farmers plant later in the season, a cold snap can interfere with seed response and result in poor plant emergence and poor yields.
   
A study shows coated seeds planted in early spring had a greater level of emergence and establishment than uncoated seeds planted at the same time.
   
An official says findings indicate that farmers could use coated seeds to get a jump-start on their spring planting

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