What Grade of Seed Should be Purchased for Farm Use?
The general answer to this question is that Certified No. 1 seed is the most appropriate for farm use as it is the most likely to have high quality and purity. Certified seed has a pedigree, i.e. it is of a known variety. The need for variety identification becomes greater as more varieties with specific adaptations are developed and more seed is imported from foreign sources with different climates from that of Alberta. Many crop kinds used for forage purposes are subject to variety registrations as listed in Schedule III of the Canada Seeds Regulations. Certified seed is produced from registered, foundation or breeder seed and gives consistent field performance regardless of where the seed was produced. Certified seed is grown according to standards set by the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association to prevent contamination or cross pollination by other varieties, etc. Annual field inspections by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency inspectors ensure these standards are adhered to. Importe