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Farmers who use seed from a previous year’s crop understand the importance of conducting a germination test.

Along with Christmas, this is the time of year when farm producers start to develop plans for the coming growing season. This usually starts with seed purchases or conditioning of seed already on the farm.

Farmers who use seed from a previous year’s crop understand the importance of conducting a germination test. With this test and others, sampling is an extremely important part of seed testing that can often be overlooked. The most important factor in sampling is obtaining a sample that is representative of the seed lot. Probing several spots in the grain bin is one way. Then submit a sample taken from all of the probed locations. Another way to sample is to periodically collect a sample at regular intervals as the seed is coming off the final piece of conditioning equipment or when going into or out of a bin.

When submitting a sample to the North Dakota State Seed Department, growers are urged to use the manila envelopes supplied by the department. We have such envelopes in this office.

The sample size needed by the State Seed Department will depend on the crop and type of test. Such information can be obtained on the department’s web site. http://www.ndseed.com

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