Seed Moisture Testing Handbook

Authors: Dr. Sabry Elias, Dr. Riad Baalbaki, Dr. Miller McDonald

This innovative handbook provides standardized procedures for testing moisture and enhances the value of the AOSA Rules for Testing Seeds.  Seed moisture content is an important aspect of seed quality.  It influences production decisions related to harvest, conditioning, and storage.  Knowledge of seed moisture content prior to treatment is essential for optimum seed enhancement protocols such as priming, pelleting, coatings, etc.  Seed moisture must be monitored during storage to minimize microorganism development, maintain seed quality, and assist inventory management.  Seed moisture also influences germination with respect to imbibitional damage, speed of germination and seedling development.