GOESAN, July 7 (Korea Bizwire) — Soybean seeds coated with iron, which has a smell that is offensive to birds, turned out to have a higher germination rate, drawing attention as a new bird repelling solution for farm use.
According to the Goesan Agricultural Technology Center on Monday, iron-coated soybean seeds were sowed in a 15-hectare plot in Goesan County, South Chungcheong Province in March on a trial basis.
The surface of the soybean seeds was coated with iron by inserting an appropriate amount of soybean seed, iron, adhesive, and calcined gypsum into a mixer.
The aim was to prevent birds from eating the seeds before they germinated.
Three months after the seeds were planted, the germination rate of the iron-coated soybean seeds turned out to be 95 percent, about twice as high as that of soybean seeds which were sowed in a general manner.
“The germination rate of the soybean seeds which were sowed using the iron coating method was far higher than that of the soybean seeds which were sowed in a general manner,” officials at the Goesan Agricultural Technology Center said.
“We will promote the distribution of this new farming technique to contribute to improving the productivity of soybean-producing farms.”
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