Three-Year Popcorn Germination Study

— Written By

From 2017-2020, a three-year germination study was done on 30 varieties that survived the three years of tough weather patterns such as drought and too much rain. The number one popcorn variety was a novelty type called shades of blue with a three-year average of 93.8% germination. The second place had a tie with ARZM-06 from Argentina at 93.0% germination and Argentine Group 2 at 93.0% germination. Third place was two varieties out of Brazil, 2785 and 2823, both having 92% germination. Also tied for 2nd place was the popular variety Ladyfinger with a 92% germination. Other varieties that did well were Shades of Brown at 91% germination and Cherokee Long at 90% germination. The plot average for over 30 varieties was 83% germination overall. Continued work will be done for a fourth year.

Written By

Gary Cross, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionGary CrossArea Agent, Agriculture - Field Crops Call Gary E-mail Gary N.C. Cooperative Extension, Granville County Center
Posted on Mar 1, 2021
Was the information on this page helpful? Yes check No close
Scannable QR Code to Access Electronic Version