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Time to apply for wheat seed certification


Seed certification offers the opportunity for good wheat producers to increase the value of their crop. If you planted foundation or registered class wheat seed on clean ground last fall, your crop could be eligible for certification. Now is the time to submit your application.

Certified seed is grown to maintain varietal purity. Before being sold as certified seed, the crop must pass field inspection, be conditioned by an approved conditioner, and pass laboratory testing. The laboratory samples must meet certain specifications for the presence of inert material, other crops, and germination. Noxious weeds are not allowed in the seed crop.

Although producing certified seed might require additional planning and labor, it doesn't take much more than routine best management practices. No additional or specialized equipment is required. Properly cleaned equipment may be used for the planting and harvesting of certified seed.

Facilities for cleaning seed are approved throughout the state and several offer on-farm cleaning services. These conditioners have been inspected to ensure their equipment and facilities meet the specifications of the certification standards. Once the seed is cleaned, it is tested at the Kansas Crop Improvement Association laboratory for germination and purity.

By producing certified seed, a grower is adding value to the wheat they produce. The value is in the higher genetic and physical quality of the certified seed compared to bin-run seed.

Anyone who planted foundation or registered seed on clean ground needs to act quickly to get the seed certified. Fields will need to be inspected before harvest for purity and freedom from weeds. For more information on the requirements of certification, and how to certify your fields, contact Kansas Crop Improvement Association at 785-532-6118 or kscrop@kansas.net.

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