Is seed testing really as simple as it sounds? With Discovery Seeds Labs it is! You take a sample of your seed, you give it to us, and we test it. Then we give you valuable information about your seed. We can tell you about the purity of your seed, how well it will grow under stress, how well it will germinate, what diseases are present in the seed, and much, much more.
How to prepare your seed sample:
Make certain the sample is representative of the entire seed lot. Improper sampling is the greatest source of error in seed testing. To collect a representative sample it may be necessary to gather more seed than needed for a given test. After collecting the seed thoroughly mix it in the collection container. Hand sample or use a probe so that all areas of the seed lot are represented. If the seed is in a bin, sample it from the top, center, sides, and bottom. Don’t take your seed sample from beside the bin door. It might be more appropriate to collect subsamples as the seed is being transferred from a truck or bin.
How to bring your seed sample:
Place samples in a container that will not open during transport. You don’t need one of our envelopes, a cloth bag lined with a plastic bag is ideal. If packaging several samples in one container, please package samples so that seed cannot become mixed. If using plastic bags, consider using two bags as a double wrap for each sample–since plastic bags can break open easily.
Please provide the following information for each sample:
a. Name, address, and phone number of sender.
b. Kind, Variety, and Lot Number Example:
Kind- Western Wheatgrass Variety- Arriba Lot Number- 5Y201
c. Type of tests desired.
d. Indicate crop year grown. This will aid in germination test procedures.