Germination Is a Key Factor for Popcorn

— Written By Gary Cross
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When planting popcorn germination is key. In a two-year study done in Person and Granville Counties, this shows up. In 2018 and 2019 germination of seed after harvest is key. In samples ran in 2018, a very wet year, and 2019, a very dry year, some popcorn varieties held their own on germination. If there were more than 6 points, the data was not used. This was within 6 points or less – that is not much variation from year to year. For example, the Variety Burro Mountain a very old, open-pollinated variety; the germination after harvest in 2018 was 91% and in 2019 was 87%, creating a two-year average of 89% – not bad considering the variations in weather. A flint type corn/popcorn called Chapolte was 87%in 2018 and 86%in 2019, a two-year average of 86.5%. Not bad for a 100-year-old variety. White Hulless popcorn, a widely used variety, had germination of 92%in 2018 and 91%in 2019, keeping the germination of the seed product well. If the germination is good, that will help you with uniformity in planting your field or garden. Last but not least are some of the novelty popcorn such as Dark Pink and Shaman Blue – both had excellent germination in both years averaging over 92%.