90% germ guaranteed for No.1 certified seed

Growers testing their own wheat and barley seed for farm-saved use have seen some very low germination results — especially if those crops were harvested from regions with delayed harvest due to excess moisture. Some of those growers are wondering about the quality of canola seed. Be assured that No.1 certified canola seed must have a minimum 90% germination at the time of sale. Growers can ask for the latest seed analysis when they pick up their seed.

Growers are advised to keep a sample of all seed lots. Put a minimum 500 ml (2 cups) from each seed lot into a seed lab bag. Record seeding date and rate, keep the blue seed tag, and store samples in a cool, dry place in a rodent proof container.

For more on seed quality, Alberta Canola Producers Commission will host a webinar this Thursday, March 10, at 8:30 a.m. MST with Sarah Foster of 20/20 Seed Labs. Click here to register.

Published on March 9, 2011