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Title 7Subtitle BChapter ISubchapter K → Part 201


Title 7: Agriculture


PART 201—FEDERAL SEED ACT REQUIREMENTS


Contents

Definitions

§201.1   Meaning of words.
§201.2   Terms defined.

administration

§201.3   Administrator.

records for agricultural and vegetable seeds

§201.4   Maintenance and accessibility.
§201.5   Origin.
§201.6   Germination.
§201.7   Purity (including variety).
§201.7a   Treated seed.

labeling agricultural seeds

§201.8   Contents of the label.
§201.9   Kind.
§201.10   Variety.
§201.11   Type.
§201.11a   Hybrid.
§201.12   Name of kind and variety.
§201.12a   Seed mixtures.
§201.13   Lot number or other identification.
§201.14   Origin.
§201.15   Weed seeds.
§201.16   Noxious-weed seeds.
§201.17   Noxious-weed seeds in the District of Columbia.
§201.18   Other agricultural seeds.
§201.19   Inert matter.
§201.20   Germination
§201.21   Hard seed or dormant seed.
§201.22   Date of test.
§201.23   Seller and buyer information.
§201.24   Code designation.
§201.24a   Inoculated seed.

labeling vegetable seeds

§201.25   Contents of the label.
§201.26   Kind, variety, and hybrid.
§201.26a   Vegetable seed mixtures.
§201.27   Seller and buyer information.
§201.28   Code designation.
§201.29   Germination of vegetable seed in containers of 1 pound or less.
§201.29a   Germination of vegetable seed in containers of more than 1 pound.
§201.30   Hard seed.
§201.30a   Date of test.
§201.30b   Lot number or other lot identification of vegetable seed in containers of more than 1 pound.
§201.30c   Noxious-weed seeds of vegetable seed in containers of more than 1 pound.
§201.31   Minimum germination standards for vegetable seeds in interstate commerce.

labeling in general

§201.31a   Labeling treated seed.
§201.32   Screenings.
§201.33   Seed in bulk or large quantities; seed for cleaning or processing.
§201.34   Kind, variety, and type; treatment substances; designation as hybrid.
§201.35   Blank spaces.
§201.36   The words “free” and “none.”

modifying statements

§201.36a   Disclaimers and nonwarranties.

advertising

§201.36b   Name of kind and variety; designation as hybrid.
§201.36c   Hermetically-sealed containers.

inspection

§201.37   Authorization.
§201.38   [Reserved]

sampling in the administration of the act

§201.39   General procedure.
§201.40   Bulk.
§201.41   Bags.
§201.42   Small containers.
§201.43   Size of sample.
§201.44   Forwarding samples.

purity analysis in the administration of the act

§201.45   Obtaining the working sample.
§201.46   Weight of working sample.
§201.47   Separation.
§201.47a   Seed unit.
§201.47b   Working samples.
§201.48   Kind or variety considered pure seed.
§201.49   Other crop seed.
§201.50   Weed seed.
§201.51   Inert matter.
§201.51a   Special procedures for purity analysis.
§201.51b   Purity procedures for coated seed.
§201.52   Noxious-weed seeds.

germination tests in the administration of the act

§201.53   Source of seeds for germination.
§201.54   Number of seeds for germination.
§201.55   Retests.
§201.55a   Moisture and aeration of substratum.
§201.56   Interpretation.
§201.56-1   Goosefoot family, Chenopodiaceae, and Carpetweed family, Aizoaceae.
§201.56-2   Sunflower family, Asteraceae (Compositae).
§201.56-3   Mustard family, Brassicaceae (Cruciferae).
§201.56-4   Cucurbit family, (Cucurbitaceae).
§201.56-5   Grass family, Poaceae (Gramineae).
§201.56-6   Legume or pea family, Fabaceae (Leguminosae).
§201.56-7   Lily family, Liliaceae.
§201.56-8   Flax family, Linaceae.
§201.56-9   Mallow family, Malvaceae.
§201.56-10   Spurge family, Euphorbiaceae.
§201.56-11   Knotweed family, Polygonaceae.
§201.56-12   Miscellaneous plant families.
§201.57   Hard seeds.
§201.57a   Dormant seeds.
§201.58   Substrata, temperature, duration of test, and certain other specific directions for testing for germination and hard seed.

examinations in the administration of the act

§201.58a   Indistinguishable seeds.
§201.58b   Origin.
§201.58c   Detection of captan, mercury, or thiram on seed.
§201.58d   Fungal endophyte test.

tolerances

§201.59   Application.
§201.60   Purity percentages.
§201.61   Fluorescence percentages in ryegrasses.
§201.62   Tests for determination of percentages of kind, variety, type, hybrid, or offtype.
§201.63   Germination.
§201.64   Pure live seed.
§201.65   Noxious-weed seeds in interstate commerce.
§201.66   [Reserved]

Certified Seed

§201.67   Seed certifying agency standards and procedures.
§201.68   Eligibility requirements for certification of varieties.
§201.69   Classes of certified seed.
§201.70   Limitations of generations for certified seed.
§201.71   Establishing the source of all classes of certified seed.
§201.72   Production of all classes of certified seed.
§201.73   Processors and processing of all classes of certified seed.
§201.74   Labeling of all classes of certified seed.
§201.75   Interagency certification.
§201.76   Minimum Land, Isolation, Field, and Seed Standards.

Additional Requirements for the Certification of Plant Materials of Certain Crops

§201.77   Length of stand requirements.
§201.78   Pollen control for hybrids.

Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1592.

Note: Approved by the Office of Management and Budget under OMB control number 0581-0026 (47 FR 746, Jan. 7, 1982)

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§201.1   Meaning of words.

Words in the regulations in this part in the singular form shall be deemed to import the plural, and vice versa, as the case may demand.

[5 FR 28, Jan. 4, 1940]

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§201.2   Terms defined.

When used in the regulations in this part the terms as defined in section 101 of the Act, unless modified in this section as provided in the Act, shall apply with equal force and effect. In addition, as used in this part:

(a) The Act. The term “Act” means the Federal Seed Act approved August 9, 1939 (53 Stat. 1275; 7 U.S.C. 1551-1611 as amended);

(b) Person. The term “person” includes an individual partnership, corporation, company, society, association, receiver, trustee, or agent;

(c) Secretary. The term “Secretary” means the Secretary of Agriculture of the United States, or any officer or employee of the Department to whom authority has heretofore been delegated, or to whom authority may hereafter be delegated, to act in his stead;

(d) Hearing Clerk. The term “Hearing Clerk” means the Hearing Clerk, United States Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC;

(e) Respondent. The term “respondent” means a person against whom a complaint is issued;

(f) Examiner. The term “examiner” means an employee of the Department of Agriculture, designated by the Secretary to conduct hearings under the Act, and this part;

(g) Federal Register. The term “Federal Register” means the publication provided by the Act of July 26, 1935 (49 Stat. 500), and acts supplementary thereto and amendatory thereof;

(h) Agricultural seeds. The term “agricultural seeds” means the following kinds of grass, forage, and field crop seeds, that are used for seeding purposes in the United States:

Agrotricum— × Agrotriticum Cif. & Giacom.

Alfalfa—Medicago sativa L. subsp. sativa

Alfilaria—Erodium cicutarium (L.) L'Hér.

Alyceclover—Alysicarpus vaginalis (L.) DC.

Bahiagrass—Paspalum notatum Flüggé

Barley—Hordeum vulgare L. subsp. vulgare

Barrelclover—Medicago truncatula Gaertn.

Bean, adzuki—Vigna angularis (Willd.) Ohwi & H. Ohashi var. angularis

Bean, field—Phaseolus vulgaris L. var. vulgaris

Bean, mung—Vigna radiata (L.) R. Wilczek var. radiata

Beet, field—Beta vulgaris L. subsp. vulgaris

Beet, sugar—Beta vulgaris L. subsp. vulgaris

Beggarweed, Florida—Desmodium tortuosum (Sw.) DC.

Bentgrass, colonial—Agrostis capillaris L.

Bentgrass, creeping—Agrostis stolonifera L.

Bentgrass, velvet—Agrostis canina L.

Bermudagrass—Cynodon dactylon (L.) Pers. var. dactylon

Bermudagrass, giant—Cynodon dactylon (L.) Pers. var. aridus J.R. Harlan & de Wet

Bluegrass, annual—Poa annua L.

Bluegrass, bulbous—Poa bulbosa L.

Bluegrass, Canada—Poa compressa L.

Bluegrass, glaucantha—Poa glauca Vahl

Bluegrass, Kentucky—Poa pratensis L.

Bluegrass, Nevada—Poa secunda J. Presl

Bluegrass, rough—Poa trivialis L.

Bluegrass, Texas—Poa arachnifera Torr.

Bluegrass, wood—Poa nemoralis L.

Bluejoint—Calamagrostis canadensis (Michx.) P. Beauv.

Bluestem, big—Andropogon gerardi Vitman

Bluestem, little—Schizachyrium scoparium (Michx.) Nash

Bluestem, sand—Andropogon hallii Hack.

Bluestem, yellow—Bothriochloa ischaemum (L.) Keng var. ischaemum

Bottlebrush-squirreltail—Elymus elymoides (Raf.) Swezey

Brome, field—Bromus arvensis L.

Brome, meadow—Bromus biebersteinii Roem. & Schult.

Brome, mountain—Bromus carinatus var. marginatus (Steud.) Barworth & Anderton

Brome, smooth—Bromus inermis Leyss. subsp. inermis

Broomcorn—Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench

Buckwheat—Fagopyrum esculentum Moench

Buffalograss—Bouteloua dactyloides (Nutt.) Columbus

Buffelgrass—Cenchrus ciliaris L.

Burclover, California—Medicago polymorpha L.

Burclover, spotted—Medicago arabica (L.) Huds.

Burnet, little—Sanguisorba minor Scop.

Buttonclover—Medicago orbicularis (L.) Bartal.

Camelina—Camelina sativa (L.) Crantz subsp. sativa

Canarygrass—Phalaris canariensis L.

Canarygrass, reed—Phalaris arundinacea L.

Carpetgrass—Axonopus fissifolius (Raddi) Kuhlm.

Castorbean—Ricinus communis L.

Chess, soft—Bromus hordeaceus L.

Chickpea—Cicer arietinum L.

Clover, alsike—Trifolium hybridum L.

Clover, arrowleaf—Trifolium vesiculosum Savi

Clover, berseem—Trifolium alexandrinum L.

Clover, cluster—Trifolium glomeratum L.

Clover, crimson—Trifolium incarnatum L.

Clover, Kenya—Trifolium semipilosum Fresen.

Clover, ladino—Trifolium repens L.

Clover, lappa—Trifolium lappaceum L.

Clover, large hop—Trifolium campestre Schreb.

Clover, Persian—Trifolium resupinatum L.

Clover, red or

Red clover, mammoth—Trifolium pratense L.

Red clover, medium—Trifolium pratense L.

Clover, rose—Trifolium hirtum All.

Clover, small hop or suckling—Trifolium dubium Sibth.

Clover, strawberry—Trifolium fragiferum L.

Clover, sub or subterranean—Trifolium subterraneum L.

Clover, white—Trifolium repens L. (also see Clover, ladino)

Clover—(also see Alyceclover, Burclover, Buttonclover, Sourclover, Sweetclover)

Corn, field—Zea mays L. subsp. mays

Corn, pop—Zea mays L. subsp. mays

Cotton—Gossypium spp.

Cowpea—Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp. subsp. unguiculata

Crambe—Crambe hispanica L. subsp. Abyssinica

Crested dogtail—Cynosurus cristatus L.

Crotalaria, lance—Crotalaria lanceolata E. Mey.

Crotalaria, showy—Crotalaria spectabilis Roth

Crotalaria, slenderleaf—Crotalaria brevidens Benth. var. intermedia (Kotschy) Polhill

Crotalaria, striped or smooth—Crotalaria pallida Aiton

Crotalaria, sunn or sunn hemp—Crotalaria juncea L.

Crownvetch—Securigera varia (L.) Lassen

Dallisgrass—Paspalum dilatatum Poir.

Dichondra—Dichondra repens J.R. Forst. & G. Forst.

Dropseed, sand—Sporobolus cryptandrus (Torr.) A. Gray

Emmer—Triticum turgidum L. subsp. dicoccon (Schrank) Thell.

Fescue, Chewing's—Festuca rubra L. subsp. commutata Gaudin

Fescue, hair—Festuca filiformis Pourr.

Fescue, hard—Festuca trachyphylla (Hack.) Krajina

Fescue, meadow—Festuca pratensis Huds.

Fescue, red—Festuca rubra L. subsp. rubra

Fescue, sheep—Festuca ovina L.

Fescue, tall—Festuca arundinacea Schreb.

Flatpea—Lathyrus sylvestris L.

Flax—Linum usitatissimum L.

Foxtail, creeping—Alopecurus arundinaceus Poir.

Foxtail, meadow—Alopecurus pratensis L.

Galletagrass—Pleuraphis jamesii Torr.

Grama, blue—Bouteloua gracilis (Kunth) Griffiths

Grama, side-oats—Bouteloua curtipendula (Michx.) Torr.

Guar—Cyamopsis tetragonoloba (L.) Taub.

Guineagrass—Megathyrsus maximus (Jacq.) B. K. Simon & S. W. L. Jacobs

Hardinggrass—Phalaris aquatica L.”,

Hemp—Cannabis sativa L. subsp. sativa

Indiangrass, yellow—Sorghastrum nutans (L.) Nash

Indigo, hairy—Indigofera hirsuta L.

Japanese lawngrass—Zoysia japonica Steud.

Johnsongrass—Sorghum halepense (L.) Pers.

Kenaf—Hibiscus cannabinus L.

Kochia, forage—Bassia prostrata (L.) A. J. Scott

Kudzu—Pueraria montana (Lour.) Merr. var. lobata (Willd.) Sanjappa & Predeep

Lentil—Lens culinaris Medik. subsp. culinaris

Lespedeza, Korean—Kummerowia stipulacea (Maxim.) Makino

Lespedeza, sericea or Chinese—Lespedeza cuneata (Dum. Cours.) G. Don

Lespedeza, Siberian—Lespedeza juncea (L. f.) Pers.

Lespedeza, striate—Kummerowia striata (Thunb.) Schindl.

Lovegrass, sand—Eragrostis trichodes (Nutt.) Alph. Wood

Lovegrass, weeping—Eragrostis curvula (Schrad.) Nees

Lupine, blue—Lupinus angustifolius L.

Lupine, white—Lupinus albus L.

Lupine, yellow—Lupinus luteus L.

Manilagrass—Zoysia matrella (L.) Merr.

Medic, black—Medicago lupulina L.

Milkvetch or cicer milkvetch—Astragalus cicer L.

Millet, browntop—Urochloa ramosa (L.) T. Q. Nguyen

Millet, foxtail—Setaria italica (L.) P. Beauv. subsp. italica

Millet, Japanese—Echinochloa esculenta (A. Braun) H. Scholz

Millet, pearl—Cenchrus americanus (L.) Morrone

Millet, proso—Panicum miliaceum L. subsp. miliaceum

Molassesgrass—Melinis minutiflora P. Beauv.

Mustard, black—Brassica nigra (L.) W.D.J. Koch

Mustard, India—Brassica juncea (L.) Czern. var. juncea

Mustard, white—Sinapis alba L. subsp. alba

Napiergrass—Cenchrus purpureus (Schumach.) Morrone

Needlegrass, green—Nassella viridula (Trin.) Barkworth

Oat—Avena byzantina K. Koch, A. sativa L., A. nuda L.

Oatgrass, tall—Arrhenatherum elatius (L.) J. Presl & C. Presl subsp. elatius

Orchardgrass—Dactylis glomerata L.

Panicgrass, blue—Panicum antidotale Retz.

Panicgrass, green—Megathyrsus maximus (Jacq.) B. K. Simon & W. L. Jacobs

Pea, field—Pisum sativum L. var. arvense (L.) Poir.

Peanut—Arachis hypogaea L.

Poa trivialis—(see Bluegrass, rough)

Radish—Raphanus sativus L.

Rape, annual—Brassica napus L. var. napus

Rape, bird—Brassica rapa L. subsp. oleifera

Rape, turnip—Brassica rapa L. subsp. oleifera

Rape, winter—Brassica napus L. var. napus

Redtop—Agrostis gigantea Roth

Rescuegrass—Bromus catharticus Vahl var. catharticus

Rhodesgrass—Chloris gayana Kunth

Rice—Oryza sativa L.

Ricegrass, Indian—Achnatherum hymenoides (Roem. & Schult.) Barkworth

Roughpea—Lathyrus hirsutus L.

Rye—Secale cereale L. subsp. cereale

Rye, mountain—Secale strictum (C. Presl) C. Presl subsp. strictum

Ryegrass, annual or Italian—Lolium multiflorum Lam.

Ryegrass, intermediate—Lolium × hybridum Hausskn.

Ryegrass, perennial—Lolium perenne L.

Ryegrass, Wimmera—Lolium rigidum Gaudin

Safflower—Carthamus tinctorius L.

Sagewort, Louisiana—Artemisia ludoviciana Nutt.

Sainfoin—Onobrychis viciifolia Scop.

Saltbush, fourwing—Atriplex canescens (Pursh) Nutt.

Sesame—Sesamum indicum L.

Sesbania—Sesbania exaltata (Raf.) A.W. Hill

Smilo—Oloptum miliaceum (L.) Röser & Hamasha

Sorghum—Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench

Sorghum almum—Sorghum × almum L. Parodi

Sorghum-sudangrass—Sorghum × drummondii (Steud.) Millsp. & Chase

Sorgrass—Rhizomatous derivatives of a johnsongrass × sorghum cross or a johnsongrass × sudangrass cross

Southernpea—(See Cowpea)

Sourclover—Melilotus indicus (L.) All.

Soybean—Glycine max (L.) Merr.

Spelt—Triticum aestivum L. subsp. spelta (L.) Thell.

Sudangrass—Sorghum × drummondii (Steud.) Millsp. & Chase

Sunflower—Helianthus annuus L.

Sweetclover, white—Melilotus albus Medik.

Sweetclover, yellow—Melilotus officinalis Lam.

Sweet vernalgrass—Anthoxanthum odoratum L.

Sweetvetch, northern—Hedysarum boreale Nutt.

Switchgrass—Panicum virgatum L.

Teff—Eragrostis tef (Zuccagni) Trotter

Timothy—Phleum pratense L.

Timothy, turf—Phleum nodosum L.

Tobacco—Nicotiana tabacum L.

Trefoil, big—Lotus uliginosus Schkuhr

Trefoil, birdsfoot—Lotus corniculatus L.

Triticale— × Triticosecale A. Camus (Secale × Triticum)

Vaseygrass—Paspalum urvillei Steud.

Veldtgrass—Ehrharta calycina Sm.

Velvetbean—Mucuna pruriens (L.) DC. var. utilis (Wight) Burck

Velvetgrass—Holcus lanatus L.

Vetch, common—Vicia sativa L. subsp. sativa

Vetch, hairy—Vicia villosa Roth subsp. villosa

Vetch, Hungarian—Vicia pannonica Crantz

Vetch, monantha—Vicia articulata Hornem.

Vetch, narrowleaf or blackpod—Vicia sativa L. subsp. nigra (L.) Ehrh.

Vetch, purple—Vicia benghalensis L.

Vetch, woollypod or winter—Vicia villosa Roth subsp. varia (Host) Corb.

Wheat, common—Triticum aestivum L. subsp. aestivum

Wheat, club—Triticum aestivum L. subsp. compactum (Host) Mackey

Wheat, durum—Triticum turgidum L. subsp. durum (Desf.) Husn.

Wheat, Polish—Triticum turgidum L. subsp. polonicum (L.) Thell.

Wheat, poulard—Triticum turgidum L. subsp. turgidum

Wheat × Agrotricum—Triticum × Agrotriticum

Wheatgrass, beardless—Pseudoroegneria spicata (Pursh) á. Löve

Wheatgrass, crested or fairway crested—Agropyron cristatum (L.) Gaertn.

Wheatgrass, crested or standard crested—Agropyron desertorum (Link) Schult.

Wheatgrass, intermediate—Thinopyrum intermedium (Host) Barkworth & D.R. Dewey subsp. intermedium

Wheatgrass, pubescent—Thinopyrum intermedium (Host) Barkworth & D.R. Dewey subsp. barbulatum (Schur) Barkworth & D.R. Dewey

Wheatgrass, Siberian—Agropyron fragile (Roth) P. Candargy

Wheatgrass, slender—Elymus trachycaulus (Link) Shinners subsp. trachycaulus

Wheatgrass, streambank—Elymus lanceolatus (Scribn. & J.G. Sm.) Gould subsp. riparius (Scribn. & J.G. Sm.) Barkworth

Wheatgrass, tall—Thinopyrum elongatum (Host) D.R. Dewey

Wheatgrass, western—Pascopyrum smithii (Rydb.) Barkworth & D.R. Dewey

Wildrye, basin—Leymus cinereus (Scribn. & Merr.) á. Löve

Wildrye, Canada—Elymus canadensis L.

Wildrye, Russian—Psathyrostachys juncea (Fisch.) Nevski

Zoysia japonica—(see Japanese

lawngrass)

Zoysia matrella—(see Manilagrass)

(i) Vegetable seeds. The term “vegetable seeds” means the seeds of the following kinds that are or may be grown in gardens or on truck farms and are or may be generally known and sold under the name of vegetable seeds:

Artichoke—Cynara cardunculus L.

Asparagus—Asparagus officinalis L.

Asparagusbean or yard-long bean—Vigna unguiculata (L.)

Walp. subsp. sesquipedalis (L.) Verdc.

Bean, garden—Phaseolus vulgaris L. var. vulgaris

Bean, Lima—Phaseolus lunatus L.

Bean, runner or scarlet runner—Phaseolus coccineus L.

Beet—Beta vulgaris L. subsp. vulgaris

Broadbean—Vicia faba L. var. faba

Broccoli—Brassica oleracea L. var. italica Plenck

Brussels sprouts—Brassica oleracea L. var. gemmifera Zenker

Burdock, great—Arctium lappa L.

Cabbage—Brassica oleracea L. var. capitata L.

Cabbage, Chinese—Brassica rapa L. subsp. pekinensis (Lour.) Hanelt

Cabbage, tronchuda—Brassica oleracea L. var. costata DC.

Cantaloupe—(see Melon)

Cardoon—Cynara cardunculus L.

Carrot—Daucus carota L. subsp. sativus (Hoffm.) Arcang.

Cauliflower—Brassica oleracea L. var. botrytis L.

Celeriac—Apium graveolens L. var. rapaceum (Mill.) Gaudin

Celery—Apium graveolens L. var. dulce (Mill.) Pers.

Chard, Swiss—Beta vulgaris L. subsp. vulgaris

Chicory—Cichorium intybus L.

Chives—Allium schoenoprasum L.

Citron melon—Citrullus lanatus (Thunb.) Matsum. & Nakai var. citroides (L.H. Bailey) Mansf.

Collards—Brassica oleracea L. var. viridis L.

Corn, sweet—Zea mays L. subsp. mays

Cornsalad—Valerianella locusta (L.) Laterr.

Cowpea—Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp. subsp. unguiculata

Cress, garden—Lepidium sativum L.

Cress, upland—Barbarea verna (Mill.) Asch.

Cress, water—Nasturtium officinale R. Br.

Cucumber—Cucumis sativus L.

Dandelion—Taraxacum officinale F.H. Wigg.

Dill—Anethum graveolens L.

Eggplant—Solanum melongena L.

Endive—Cichorium endivia L. subsp. endivia

Favabean (see Broadbean)

Gherkin, West India—Cucumis anguria L. var. anguria

Kale—Brassica oleracea L. var. viridis L.

Kale, Chinese—Brassica oleracea L. var. alboglabra (L.H. Bailey) Musil

Kale, Siberian—Brassica napus L. var. pabularia (DC.) Rchb.

Kohlrabi—Brassica oleracea L. var. gongylodes L.

Leek—Allium porrum L.

Lettuce—Lactuca sativa L.

Melon—Cucumis melo L. subsp. melo

Muskmelon—(see Melon).

Mustard, India—Brassica juncea (L.) Czern.

Mustard, spinach—Brassica rapa var. perviridis L.H. Bailey

Okra—Abelmoschus esculentus (L.) Moench

Onion—Allium cepa L. var. cepa

Onion, bunching (see Onion, Welsh)

Onion, Welsh—Allium fistulosum L.

Pak-choi—Brassica rapa L. subsp. chinensis (L.) Hanelt

Parsley—Petroselinum crispum (Mill.) A.W. Hill

Parsnip—Pastinaca sativa L. subsp. sativa

Pea—Pisum sativum L. subsp. sativum

Pepper—Capsicum spp.

Pe-tsai—(see Chinese cabbage).

Pumpkin—Cucurbita pepo L., C. moschata Duchesne, and C. maxima Duchesne

Radicchio (see Chicory)

Radish—Raphanus sativus L.

Rhubarb—Rheum × hybridum Murray

Rutabaga—Brassica napus L. var. napobrassica (L.) Rchb.

Sage—Salvia officinalis L.

Salsify—Tragopogon porrifolius L.

Savory, summer—Satureja hortensis L.

Sorrel—Rumex acetosa L.

Southernpea—(see Cowpea)

Soybean—Glycine max (L.) Merr.

Spinach—Spinacia oleracea L.

Spinach, New Zealand—Tetragonia tetragonoides (Pall.) Kuntze

Squash—Cucurbita pepo L., C. moschata Duchesne, and C. maxima Duchesne

Tomato—Solanum lycopersicum L.

Tomato, husk—Physalis pubescens L.

Turnip—Brassica rapa L. subsp. rapa

Watermelon—Citrullus lanatus (Thunb.) Matsum. & Nakai var. lanatus

(j) Regulations. The term “regulations” means the rules and regulations promulgated by the Secretary of Agriculture and the joint rules and regulations promulgated by the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of Agriculture under the Act.

(k) Joint regulations. The term “joint regulations” means the joint rules and regulations promulgated by the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of Agriculture.

(l) Complete record. (1) The term “complete record” means information which relates to the origin, treatment (including but not limited to coating, film coating, encrusting, or pelleting), germination, and purity (including variety) of each lot of agricultural seed transported or delivered for transportation in interstate commerce, or which relates to the treatment (including but not limited to coating, film coating, encrusting, or pelleting), germination, and variety of each lot of vegetable seed transported or delivered for transportation in interstate commerce. Such information includes seed samples and records of declarations, labels, purchases, sales, cleaning, bulking, chemical or biological treatment, handling, storage, analyses, tests, and examinations.

(2) The complete record kept by each person for each treatment substance or lot of seed consists of the information pertaining to his own transactions and the information received from others pertaining to their transactions with respect to each treatment substance or lot of seed.

(m) Declaration. The term “declaration” means a written statement of a grower, shipper, processor, dealer, or importer giving for any lot of seed the kind, variety, type, origin, or the use for which the seed is intended.

(n) Declaration of origin. The term “declaration of origin” means a declaration of a grower or country shipper in the United States stating for each lot of agricultural seed (1) kind of seed, (2) lot number or other identification, (3) State where seed was grown and the county where grown if to be labeled showing the origin as a portion of a State, (4) quantity of seed, (5) date shipped or delivered, (6) to whom sold, shipped, or delivered, and (7) the signature and address of the grower or country shipper issuing the declaration. If the declaration is issued by a grower and the identity of the person delivering the seed is unknown to the receiver, the motor vehicle license number or other identification of the delivering agency should be entered on the declaration by the receiver. If a country shipper's declaration includes seed shipped or delivered to him by another country shipper, it shall give for each lot the other country shipper's lot number as included in the other country shipper's declaration of origin.

(o) Declaration of kind, variety, or type. The term “declaration of kind, variety, or type” means a declaration of a grower stating for each lot of seed (1) the name of the kind, variety, or type stated in accordance with §§201.9 through 201.12, (2) lot number or other identification, (3) place where seed was grown, (4) quantity of seed, (5) date shipped or delivered, (6) to whom sold, shipped or delivered, and (7) the signature and address of the grower issuing the declaration.

(p) Mixture. The term “mixture” means seeds consisting of more than one kind or variety, each present in excess of 5 percent by weight of the whole. A mixture of varieties of a single kind may be labeled as a blend.

(q) Coated seed. The term “coated seed” means any seed unit covered with a coating material.

(r) Grower. The term “grower” means any person who produces directly or through a growing contract, or is a seed-crop sharer in seed which is sold, offered for sale, transported, or offered for transportation.

(s) Country shipper. The term “country shipper” means any person located in a producing area who purchases seed locally for shipment to seed dealers or to other country shippers.

(t) Dealer. The term “dealer” means any person who cleans, processes, sells, offers for sale, transports, or delivers for transportation seeds in interstate commerce.

(u) Consumer. The term “consumer” means any person who purchases or otherwise obtains seed for sowing but not for resale.

(v) Lot of seed. The term “lot of seed” means a definite quantity of seed identified by a lot number, every portion or bag of which is uniform, within permitted tolerances, for the factors which appear in the labeling.

(w) Purity. The term “purity” means the name or names of the kind, type, or variety and the percentage or percentages thereof; the percentage of other agricultural seed; the percentage of weed seeds, including noxious-weeds seeds; the percentage of inert matter; and the names of the noxious-weed seeds and the rate of occurrence of each.

(x) Inoculant. The term “inoculant” means a product consisting of microorganisms applied to the seed for the purpose of enhancing the availability or uptake of plant nutrients through the root system.

(y) Hybrid. The term “hybrid” applied to kinds or varieties of seed means the first generation seed of a cross produced by controlling the pollination and by combining (1) two or more inbred lines; (2) one inbred or a single cross with an open pollinated variety; or (3) two selected clones, seed lines, varieties, or species. “Controlling the pollination” means to use a method of hybridization which will produce pure seed which is at least 75 percent hybrid seed. Hybrid designations shall be treated as variety names.

(z) Conditioning. For the purpose of section 203 (b)(2)(C) of the Act the term “conditioning” means cleaning, scarifying, or blending to obtain uniform quality, and other operations which would change the purity or germination of the seed and therefore require retesting to determine the quality of the seed, but does not include operations such as packaging, labeling, blending together of uniform lots of the same kind or variety without cleaning, or the preparation of a mixture without cleaning, any of which would not require retesting to determine the quality of the seed.

(aa) Agricultural Marketing Service means the Agricultural Marketing Service, United States Department of Agriculture.

(bb) Breeder seed. Breeder seed is a class of certified seed directly controlled by the originating or sponsoring plant breeding institution, or person, or designee thereof, and is the source for the production of seed of the other classes of certified seed.

(cc) Foundation seed. Foundation seed is a class of certified seed which is the progeny of Breeder or Foundation seed and is produced and handled under procedures established by the certifying agency, in accordance with this part, for producing the Foundation class of seed, for the purpose of maintaining genetic purity and identity.

(dd) Registered seed. Registered seed is a class of certified seed which is the progeny of Breeder or Foundation seed and is produced and handled under procedures established by the certifying agency, in accordance with this part, for producing the Registered class of seed, for the purpose of maintaining genetic purity and identity.

(ee) Certified seed. Certified seed is a class of certified seed which is the progeny of Breeder, Foundation, or Registered seed, except as provided in §201.70, and is produced and handled under procedures established by the certifying agency, in accordance with this part, for producing the Certified class of seed, for the purpose of maintaining genetic purity and identity.

(ff) Off-type. The term “off-type” means a plant or seed which deviates in one or more characteristics from that which has been described in accordance with §201.68(c) as being usual for the strain or variety.

(gg) Inbred line. The term “inbred line” means a relatively true-breeding strain resulting from at least five successive generations of controlled self-fertilization or of backcrossing to a recurrent parent with selection, or its equivalent, for specific characteristics.

(hh) Single cross. The term “single cross” means the first generation hybrid between two inbred lines.

(ii) Foundation single cross. The term “foundation single cross” means a single cross used in the production of a double cross, a three-way, or a top cross.

(jj) Double cross. The term “double cross” means the first generation hybrid between two single crosses.

(kk) Top cross. The term “top cross” means the first generation hybrid of a cross between an inbred line and an open-pollinated variety or the first-generation hybrid between a single cross and an open-pollinated variety.

(ll) Three-way cross. The term “three-way cross” means a first generation hybrid between a single cross and an inbred line.

(mm) Open-pollination. The term “open-pollination” means pollination that occurs naturally as opposed to controlled pollination, such as by detasseling, cytoplasmic male sterility, self-incompatibility or similar processes.

(nn) Coating material. The term “coating material” means any substance that changes the size, shape, or weight of the original seed. Ingredients such as rhizobia, dyes, polymers, biologicals, and pesticides are not coating material for purposes of this part.

(oo) Brand. The term “brand” means a name, term, sign, symbol, or design, or a combination of them that identifies the seed of one seller or group of sellers and differentiates that seed from the seed of other sellers.

[5 FR 28, Jan. 4, 1940]

Editorial Note: For Federal Register citations affecting §201.2, see the List of CFR Sections Affected, which appears in the Finding Aids section of the printed volume and at www.govinfo.gov.

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administration

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§201.3   Administrator.

The Administrator of the Agricultural Marketing Service may perform such duties as the Secretary requires in enforcing the provisions of the Act and of the regulations in this part.

[85 FR 40579, July 7, 2020]

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records for agricultural and vegetable seeds

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§201.4   Maintenance and accessibility.

(a) Each person transporting or delivering for transportation in interstate commerce agricultural or vegetable seed subject to the Act shall keep for a period of 3 years a complete record of each lot of such seed so transported or delivered, including a sample representing each lot of such seed, except that any seed sample may be discarded 1 year after the entire lot represented by such sample has been disposed of by such person.

(b) Each sample of agricultural seed retained shall be at least the weight required for a noxious-weed seed examination as set forth in §201.46 and each sample of vegetable seed retained shall consist of at least 400 seeds. The record shall be kept in such manner as to permit comparison with the records required to be kept by other persons for the same lot of seed so that the origin, (including, but not limited to, coating, film coating, encrusting, or pelleting), germination, and purity (including variety) of agricultural seed and the (including, but not limited to, coating, film coating, encrusting, or pelleting), germination and variety of vegetable seed may be traced from the grower to the ultimate consumer and so that the lot of seed may be correctly labeled. The record shall be accessible for inspection by the authorized agents of the Secretary for purposes of the effective administration of the Act at any time during customary business hours.

[24 FR 3951, May 15, 1959, as amended at 32 FR 12778, Sept. 6, 1967; 85 FR 40579, July 7, 2020]

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§201.5   Origin.

(a) The complete record for any lot of seed of alfalfa, red clover, white clover, or field corn, except hybrid seed corn, shall include a declaration of origin, or information traceable to a declaration of origin or evidence showing that a declaration of origin could not be obtained.

(b) Each country shipper shall retain a copy of each declaration which he issues and shall attach thereto a detailed record showing the names and addresses of growers or country shippers from whom the seed was purchased, the quantity of seed purchased from each, and the date on which it was delivered to him.

[5 FR 30, Jan. 4, 1940, as amended at 20 FR 7929, Oct. 21, 1955]

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§201.6   Germination.

The complete record shall include the records of all laboratory tests for germination and hard seed for each lot of seed offered for transportation in whole or in part. The record shall show the kind of seed, lot number, date of test, percentage of germination and hard seeds, and such other information as may be necessary to show the method used.

[5 FR 30, Jan. 4, 1940]

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§201.7   Purity (including variety).

The complete record for any lot of seed shall include (a) records of tests, including statements of weed seeds, noxious weed seeds, inert matter, other agricultural seeds, and of any determinations of kind, variety, or type and a description of the methods used; and (b) for seeds indistinguishable by seed characteristics, records necessary to disclose the kind, variety, or type, including a grower's declaration of kind, variety, or type or an invoice, or other document establishing the kind, variety, or type to be that stated, and a representative sample of the seed. The grower's declaration shall be obtained and kept by the person procuring the seed from the grower. A copy of the grower's declaration and a sample of the seed shall be retained by the grower.

[5 FR 30, Jan. 4, 1940, as amended at 20 FR 7929, Oct. 21, 1955; 24 FR 3951, May 15, 1959; 85 FR 40579, July 7, 2020]

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§201.7a   Treated seed.

The complete record for any lot consisting of or containing treated seed shall include records necessary to disclose the name of any substance or substances used in the treatment of such seed, including a label or invoice or other document received from any person establishing the name of any substance or substances used in the treatment to be as stated, and a representative sample of the treated seed.

[32 FR 12778, Sept. 6, 1967]

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labeling agricultural seeds

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§201.8   Contents of the label.

The label shall contain the required information in any form that is clearly legible and complies with the regulations in this part. The information may be on a tag attached securely to the container, or may be printed in a conspicuous manner on a side or the top of the container. The label may contain information in addition to that required by the Act, provided such information is not misleading.

[5 FR 30 Jan. 4, 1940, as amended at 24 FR 3952, May 15, 1959; 85 FR 40579, July 7, 2020]

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§201.9   Kind.

The name of each kind of seed present in excess of 5 percent shall be shown on the label and need not be accompanied by the word “kind.” When two or more kinds of seed are named on the label, the name of each kind shall be accompanied by the percentage of each. When only one kind of seed is present in excess of 5 percent and no variety name or type designation is shown, the percentage of that kind may be shown as “pure seed” and such percentage shall apply only to seed of the kind named.

[5 FR 30, Jan. 4, 1940]

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§201.10   Variety.

(a) The following kinds of agricultural seeds are generally labeled as to variety and shall be labeled to show the variety name or the words “Variety Not Stated.”

Alfalfa; Bahiagrass; Barley; Bean, field; Beet, field; Brome, smooth; Broomcorn; Clover, crimson; Clover, red; Clover, white; Corn, field; Corn, pop; Cotton; Cowpea; Crambe; Fescue, tall; Flax; Lespedeza, striate; Millet, foxtail; Millet, pearl; Oat; Pea, field; Peanut; Radish ; Rice; Rye; Safflower; Sorghum; Sorghum-sudangrass, Soybean; Sudangrass; Sunflower; Tobacco; Trefoil, birdsfoot; Triticale; Wheat, common; Wheat, durum.

(b) If the name of the variety is given, the name may be associated with the name of the kind with or without the words “kind and variety.” The percentage in such case, which may be shown as “pure seed,” shall apply only to seed of the variety named, except for the labeling of hybrids as provided in §201.11a. If separate percentages for the kind and the variety or hybrid are shown, the name of the kind and the name of the variety or the term “hybrid” shall be clearly associated with the respective percentages. When two or more varieties are present in excess of 5 percent and are named on the label, the name of each variety shall be accompanied by the percentage of each.

[32 FR 12778, Sept. 6, 1967, and 33 FR 10840, July 31, 1968, as amended at 35 FR 6108, Apr. 15, 1970; 59 FR 64491, Dec. 14, 1994; 85 FR 40579, July 7, 2020]

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§201.11   Type.

(a) When type is designated, such designation may be associated with the name of the kind but shall in all cases be clearly associated with the word “type.” The percentage, which may be shown as “pure seed”, shall apply only to the type designated. If separate percentages for the kind and the type are shown, such percentages shall be clearly associated with the name of the kind and the name of the type.

(b) If the type designation does not include a variety name, it shall include a name descriptive of a group of varieties of similar character and the pure seed shall be at least 90 percent of one or more varieties all of which conform to the type designation.

(c) If the name of a variety is used as a part of the type designation, the seed shall be of that variety and may contain: (1) An admixture of seed of other indistinguishable varieties of the same kind and of similar character; or, (2) an admixture of indistinguishable seeds having genetic characteristics dissimilar to the variety named by reason of cross-fertilization with other varieties. In either case, at least 90 percent of the pure seed shall be of the variety named or upon growth shall produce plants having characteristics similar to the variety named.

[5 FR 30, Jan. 4, 1940]

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§201.11a   Hybrid.

If any one kind or kind and variety of seed present in excess of 5 percent is “hybrid” seed, it shall be designated “hybrid” on the label. The percentage that is hybrid shall be at least 95 percent of the percentage of pure seed shown unless the percentage of pure seed which is hybrid seed is shown separately. If two or more kinds or varieties are present in excess of 5 percent and are named on the label, each that is hybrid shall be designated as hybrid on the label. Any one kind or kind and variety that has pure seed which is less than 95 percent but more than 75 percent hybrid seed as a result of incompletely controlled pollination in a cross shall be labeled to show (a) the percentage of pure seed that is hybrid seed or (b) a statement such as “Contains from 75 percent to 95 percent hybrid seed.” No one kind or variety of seed shall be labeled as hybrid if the pure seed contains less than 75 percent hybrid seed.

[33 FR 10840, July 31, 1968]

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§201.12   Name of kind and variety.

The representation of kind or kind and variety shall be confined to the name of the kind or kind and variety determined in accordance with §201.34. The name shall not have affixed thereto words or terms that create a misleading impression as to the history or characteristics of the kind or variety.

[20 FR 7929, Oct. 21, 1955]

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§201.12a   Seed mixtures.

Seed mixtures intended for seeding/planting purposes shall be designated as a mixture on the label and each seed component shall be listed on the label in the order of predominance.

[85 FR 40579, July 7, 2020]

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§201.13   Lot number or other identification.

The lot number or other identification shall be shown on the label and shall be the same as that used in the records pertaining to the same lot of seed.

[5 FR 30, Jan. 4, 1940, as amended at 59 FR 64491, Dec. 14, 1994]

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§201.14   Origin.

(a) Alfalfa, red clover, white clover, and field corn (except hybrid seed corn) shall be labeled to show: (1) The origin, if known; or (2) if the origin is not known, the statement “origin unknown.”

(b) Whenever such seed originates in more than one State, the name of each State and the percentage of seed originating in each State shall be given in the order of its predominance. Whenever such seed originates in a portion of a State, it shall be permissible to label such seed as originating in such portion of a State.

(c) Reasonable precautions to insure that the origin of seed is known shall include the maintaining of a record as described in §201.5. The examination of the seed and any pertinent facts may be taken into consideration in determining whether reasonable precautions have been taken to insure the origin to be that which is represented.

[5 FR 31, Jan. 4, 1940, as amended at 20 FR 7929, Oct. 21, 1955; 32 FR 12779, Sept. 6, 1967]

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§201.15   Weed seeds.

The percentage of weed seeds shall include seeds of plants considered weeds in the State into which the seed is offered for transportation or transported and shall include noxious weed seeds.

[5 FR 31, Jan. 4, 1940]

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§201.16   Noxious-weed seeds.

(a) Except for those kinds of noxious-weed seeds shown in paragraph (b) of this section, the names of the kinds of noxious-weed seeds and the rate of occurrence of each shall be expressed in the label in accordance with, and the rate of occurrence shall not exceed the rate permitted by, the law and regulations of the State into which the seed is offered for transportation or is transported. If in the course of such transportation, or thereafter, the seed is diverted to another State of destination, the person or persons responsible for such diversion shall cause the seed to be relabeled with respect to the noxious-weed seed content, if necessary to conform to the laws and regulations of the State into which the seed is diverted.

(b) Seeds or bulblets of the following plants shall be considered noxious-weed seeds in agricultural and vegetable seeds transported or delivered for transportation in interstate commerce (including Puerto Rico, Guam, and the District of Columbia). Agricultural or vegetable seed containing seeds or bulblets of these kinds shall not be transported or delivered for transportation in interstate commerce. Noxious-weed seeds include the following species on which no tolerance will be applied:

Aeginetia spp.

Ageratina adenophora (Spreng.) King and H.E. Robins.

Alectra spp.

Alternanthera sessilis (L.) DC.

Asphodelus fistulosus L.

Avena sterilis L. (including Avena ludoviciana Dur.)

Azolla pinnata R. Br.

Carthamus oxyacantha M. Bieb

Cenchrus caudatus (Schrad.) Kuntze

Cenchrus clandestinus Morrone

Cenchrus pedicellatus (Trin.) Morrone

Cenchrus polystachios (L.) Morrone

Chrysopogon aciculatus (Retz.) Trin.

Commelina benghalensis L.

Crupina vulgaris Cass.

Digitaria abyssinica Stapf. (=D. scalarum (Schweinf.) Chiov.)

Digitaria scalarum (Schweinfurth) Chiovenda

Dinebra chinensis (L.) P. M. Peterson & N. Snow

Drymaria arenarioides Roem. and Schult.

Eichornia azurea (Sw.) Kunth

Galega officinalis L.

Heracleum mantegazzianum Sommier & Levier

Homeria spp.

Hydrilla verticillata (L. f.) Royle

Hygrophila polysperma T. Anders.

Imperata brasiliensis Trin.

Imperata cylindrica (L.) Raeusch.

Ipomoea aquatica Forsk.

Ischaemum rugosum Salisb.

Lagarosiphon major (Ridley) Moss

Limnophila sessiliflora (Vahl) Blume

Lycium ferocissimum Miers

Melaleuca quinquenervia (Cav.) Blake

Melastoma malabathricum L.

Mikania cordata (Burm. f.) B.L. Robins.

Mikania micrantha H.B.K.

Mimosa invisa Mart.

Mimosa pigra L. var. pigra

Monochoria hastata (L.) Sloms-Laub.

Monochoria vaginalis (Burm. f.) K.B. Presl

Nassella trichotoma (Nees) Arechavaleta

Opuntia aurantiaca Lindl.

Oryza longistaminata A. Cheval. and Roehr.

Oryza punctata Steud.

Oryza rufipogon Griff.

Ottelia alismoides (L.) Pers.

Paspalum scrobiculatum L.

Prosopis alapataco R.A. Philippi

Prosopis argentina Burkart

Prosopis articulata S. Watson

Prosopis burkartii Munoz

Prosopis caldenia Burkart

Prosopis calingastana Burkart

Prosopis campestris Griseb.

Prosopis castellanosii Burkart

Prosopis denudans Benth.

Prosopis elata (Burkart) Burkart

Prosopis farcta (Russell) Macbride

Prosopis ferox Griseb.

Prosopis fiebrigii Harms

Prosopis hassleri Harms

Prosopis humilis Hook. and Arn.

Prosopis kuntzei Harms

Prosopis pallida (Willd.) H.B.K.

Prosopis palmeri S. Watson

Prosopis reptans Benth. var. reptans

Prosopis rojasiana Burkart

Prosopis ruizlealii Burkart

Prosopis ruscifolia Griseb.

Prosopis sericantha Hook. and Arn.

Prosopis strombulifera (Lam.) Benth.

Prosopis torquata (Lagasca) DC.

Rottboellia cochinchinensis (Lour.) Clayton

Rubus moluccanus L.

Rubus plicatus Weihe & Nees

Rumex hypogaeus T.M. Schust & Reveal

Rumex spinosus L.

Saccharum spontaneum L.

Sagittaria sagittifolia L.

Salsola vermiculata L.

Salvinia auriculata Aubl.

Salvinia biloba Raddi

Salvinia herzogii de la Sota

Salvinia molesta D.S. Mitchell

Senecio inaequidens DC.

Setaria pallide-fusca (Schumach.) Stapf and Hubb.

Solanum tampicense Dunal

Solanum torvum Sw.

Solanum viarum Dunal

Sparaganium erectum L.

Spermacoce alata (Aublet) de Candolle

Striga spp.

Tridax procumbens L.

Urochloa panicoides Beauv.

[65 FR 1706, Jan. 11, 2000, as amended at 76 FR 31794, June 2, 2011]

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§201.17   Noxious-weed seeds in the District of Columbia.

(a) Noxious-weed seeds in the District of Columbia are: Quackgrass (Elymus repens), Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense), field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis), bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon), giant bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon var. aridus), annual bluegrass (Poa annua), and wild garlic or wild onion (Allium canadense or Allium vineale). The name and number per pound of each kind of such noxious-weed seeds present shall be stated on the label.

(b) [Reserved]

[65 FR 1707, Jan. 11, 2000, as amended at 85 FR 40579, July 7, 2020]

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§201.18   Other agricultural seeds.

Agricultural seeds other than those included in the percentage or percentages of kind, variety, or type may be expressed as “other crop seeds,” but the percentage shall include collectively all kinds, varieties, or types not named upon the label.

[85 FR 40579, July 7, 2020]

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§201.19   Inert matter.

The label shall show the percentage by weight of inert matter.

[5 FR 31, Jan. 4, 1940]

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§201.20   Germination

The label shall show the percentage of germination for each kind, kind and variety, kind and type, or kind and hybrid of agricultural seed comprising more than 5 percent of the whole. The label shall show the percentage of germination for each kind, kind and variety, kind and type, or kind and hybrid of agricultural seed comprising 5 percent of the whole or less if the seed is identified individually on the label.

[85 FR 40579, July 7, 2020]

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§201.21   Hard seed or dormant seed.

The label shall show the percentage of hard seed or dormant seed, as defined in §201.57 or §201.57a, if any is present. The percentages of hard seed and dormant seed shall not be included as part of the germination percentage.

[85 FR 40579, July 7, 2020]

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§201.22   Date of test.

(a) The label shall show the month and year in which the germination test was completed. No more than 5 calendar months shall have elapsed between the last day of the month in which the germination test was completed and the date of transportation or delivery for transportation in interstate commerce, except for seed in hermetically sealed containers as provided in §201.36c in which case no more than 24 calendar months shall have elapsed between the last day of the month in which the germination test was completed prior to packaging and the date of transportation or delivery for transportation in interstate commerce.

(b) In the case of a seed mixture, it is only necessary to state the calendar month and year of such test for the kind or variety or type of agricultural seed contained in such mixture which has the oldest calendar month and year test date among the test conducted on all the kinds or varieties or types of agricultural seed contained in such mixture.

(c) The following kinds shall be tested within the indicated time before interstate shipment:

Agricultural seeds and mixtures thereofMonths from test date to shipment
Bentgrass, Colonial15
Bentgrass, Creeping15
Bluegrass, Kentucky15
Fescue, Chewings15
Fescue, Hard15
Fescue, Red15
Fescue, Tall15
Ryegrass, Annual15
Ryegrass, Perennial15

[5 FR 31, Jan. 4, 1940, as amended at 32 FR 12779, Sept. 6, 1967; 49 FR 1172, Jan. 10, 1984; 59 FR 64491, Dec. 14, 1994]

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§201.23   Seller and buyer information.

Consumer packages or containers of agricultural seed for interstate shipment must be labeled as follows:

(a) The full name and address of the interstate shipper or a code designation identifying the interstate shipper, pursuant to §201.24, must be printed on the label.

(b) If pursuant to paragraph (a) only a code is used to identify the interstate shipper, the full name and address of the consignee must appear on the label.

(c) For purposes of this section and §201.24, the term shipper means the seller or consignor who puts the seed into interstate commerce, and the term consignee means the buyer or recipient of the seed shipment.

[85 FR 40579, July 7, 2020]

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§201.24   Code designation.

The code designation used in lieu of the full name and address of the interstate shipper pursuant to §201.23(a) shall be approved by the Administrator of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) or such other person designated by the Administrator for the purpose. When used, the AMS code designation shall appear on the label in a clear and legible manner, along with the full name and address of the consignee.

[85 FR 40580, July 7, 2020]

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§201.24a   Inoculated seed.

Seed claimed to be inoculated shall be labeled to show the month and year beyond which the inoculant on the seed is no longer claimed to be effective by a statement such as, “Inoculant not claimed to be effective after____(Month and year).”

[32 FR 12779, Sept. 6, 1967]

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labeling vegetable seeds

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§201.25   Contents of the label.

Vegetable seed in packets and in larger containers shall be labeled with the required information in any form that is clearly legible. Any tag used shall be securely attached to the container. The label may contain information in addition to that required by the Act, provided such information is not misleading.

[5 FR 31, Jan. 4, 1940, as amended at 85 FR 40580, July 7, 2020]

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§201.26   Kind, variety, and hybrid.

The label shall bear the name of each kind and variety present as determined in accordance with §201.34. The name shall not have affixed thereto words or terms that create a misleading impression as to the history or characteristics of kind or variety. If two or more kinds or varieties are present, the percentage of each shall be shown. If any one kind or variety named on the label is “hybrid” seed, it shall be so designated on the label. If two or more kinds or varieties are named on the label, each that is hybrid shall be shown as “hybrid” on the label. Any kind or variety that is less than 95 percent but more than 75 percent hybrid seed as a result of incompletely controlled pollination in a cross shall be labeled to show (a) the percentage that is hybrid seed or (b) a statement such as “Contains from 75 percent to 95 percent hybrid seed.” No one kind or variety of seed shall be labeled as hybrid if it contains less than 75 percent hybrid seed.

[33 FR 10841, July 31, 1968, as amended at 59 FR 64491, Dec. 14, 1994]

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§201.26a   Vegetable seed mixtures.

Vegetable seed mixtures for seeding/planting purposes shall be designated as a mixture on the label, and each seed component shall be listed on the label in the order of predominance.

[85 FR 40580, July 7, 2020]

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§201.27   Seller and buyer information.

Consumer packages or containers of vegetable seed for interstate shipment must be labeled as follows:

(a) The full name and address of the interstate shipper or a code designation identifying the interstate shipper, pursuant to §201.28, must be printed on the label.

(b) If pursuant to paragraph (a) only a code is used to identify the interstate shipper, the full name and address of the consignee must appear on the label.

(c) For purposes of this section and §201.28, the term shipper means the seller or consignor who puts the seed into interstate commerce, and the term consignee means the buyer or recipient of the seed shipment.

[85 FR 40580, July 7, 2020]

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§201.28   Code designation.

The code designation used in lieu of the full name and address of the interstate shipper pursuant to §201.27(a) shall be approved by the Administrator of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) or such other person designated by the Administrator for the purpose. When used, the AMS code designation shall appear on the label in a clear and legible manner, along with the full name and address of the consignee.

[85 FR 40580, July 7, 2020]

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§201.29   Germination of vegetable seed in containers of 1 pound or less.

Vegetable seeds in containers of 1 pound or less which have a germination percentage equal to or better than the standard set forth in §201.31 need not be labeled to show the percentage of germination and date of test. Each variety of vegetable seed which has a germination percentage less than the standard set forth in §201.31 shall have the words “Below Standard” clearly shown in a conspicuous place on the label or on the face of the container in type no smaller than 8 points. Each variety which germinates less than the standard shall also be labeled to show the percentage of germination and the percentage of hard seed (if any).

[85 FR 40580, July 7, 2020]

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§201.29a   Germination of vegetable seed in containers of more than 1 pound.

Each variety of vegetable seeds in containers of more than 1 pound shall be labeled to show the percentage of germination and the percentage of hard seed (if any).

[32 FR 12779, Sept. 6, 1967]

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§201.30   Hard seed.

The label shall show the percentage of hard seed, if any is present, for any seed required to be labeled as to the percentage of germination, and the percentage of hard seed shall not be included as part of the germination percentage.

[32 FR 12779, Sept. 6, 1967]

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§201.30a   Date of test.

When the percentage of germination is required to be shown, the label shall show the month and year in which the germination test was completed. No more than 5 calendar months shall have elapsed between the last day of the month in which the germination test was completed and the date of transportation or delivery for transportation in interstate commerce, except for seed in hermetically sealed containers in which case no more than 24 calendar months shall have elapsed between the last day of the month in which the germination test was completed prior to packaging and the date of transportation or delivery for transportation in interstate commerce.

[32 FR 12779, Sept. 6, 1967]

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§201.30b   Lot number or other lot identification of vegetable seed in containers of more than 1 pound.

The lot number or other lot identification of vegetable seed in containers of more than 1 pound shall be shown on the label and shall be the same as that used in the records pertaining to the same lot of seed.

[35 FR 6108, Apr. 15, 1970]

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§201.30c   Noxious-weed seeds of vegetable seed in containers of more than 1 pound.

Except for those kinds of noxious-weed seeds shown in §201.16(b), the names of kinds of noxious-weed seeds and the rate of occurrence of each shall be expressed in the label in accordance with, and the rate shall not exceed the rate permitted by, the law and regulations of the State into which the seed is offered for transportation or is transported. If in the course of such transportation, or thereafter, the seed is diverted to another State of destination, the person or persons responsible for such diversion shall cause the seed to be relabeled with respect to noxious-weed seed content, if necessary, to conform to the laws and regulations of the State into which the seed is diverted.

[85 FR 40580, July 7, 2020]

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§201.31   Minimum germination standards for vegetable seeds in interstate commerce.

The following minimum germination standards for vegetable seeds in interstate commerce, which shall be construed to include hard seed, are determined and established under section 403(c) of the Act:

   Percent
Artichoke60
Asparagus70
Asparagusbean75
Bean, garden70
Bean, lima70
Bean, runner75
Beet65
Broadbean75
Broccoli75
Brussels sprouts70
Burdock, great60
Cabbage75
Cabbage, tronchuda70
Cardoon60
Carrot55
Cauliflower75
Celeriac55
Celery55
Chard, Swiss65
Chicory65
Chinese cabbage75
Chives50
Citron65
Collards80
Corn, sweet75
Cornsalad70
Cowpea75
Cress, garden75
Cress, upland60
Cress, water40
Cucumber80
Dandelion60
Dill60
Eggplant60
Endive70
Kale75
Kale, Chinese75
Kale, Siberian75
Kohlrabi75
Leek60
Lettuce80
Melon75
Mustard, India75
Mustard, spinach75
Okra50
Onion70
Onion, Welsh70
Pak-choi75
Parsley60
Parsnip60
Pea80
Pepper55
Pumpkin75
Radish75
Rhubarb60
Rutabaga75
Sage60
Salsify75
Savory, summer55
Sorrel65
Soybean75
Spinach60
Spinach, New Zealand40
Squash75
Tomato75
Tomato, husk50
Turnip80
Watermelon70

[59 FR 64491, Dec. 14, 1994, as amended at 85 FR 40580, July 7, 2020]

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labeling in general

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§201.31a   Labeling treated seed.

(a) Contents of label. Any agricultural seed or any mixture thereof or any vegetable seed or any mixture thereof, for seeding purposes, that has been treated shall be labeled in type no smaller than 8 point to indicate that the seed has been treated and to show the name of any substance or a description of any process (other than application of a substance) used in such treatment, in accordance with this section; for example,

Treated with __________ (name of substance or process) or __________ (name of substance or process) treated.

If the substance used in such treatment in the amount remaining with the seed is harmful to humans or other vertebrate animals, the seed shall also bear a label containing additional statements as required by paragraphs (c) and (d) of this section. The label shall contain the required information in any form that is clearly legible and complies with the regulations in this part. The information may be on the tag bearing the analysis information or on a separate tag, or it may be printed in a conspicuous manner on a side or top of the container.

(b) Name of substance or active ingredient. The name of any active ingredient substance as required by paragraph (a) of this section shall be the commonly accepted coined, chemical (generic), or abbreviated chemical name. The label shall include either the name of the genus and species or the brand name as identified on biological product labels. Commonly accepted coined names are free for general use by the public, are not private trademarks, and are commonly recognized as names of particular substances, such as thiram, captan, lindane, and dichlone. Examples of commonly accepted chemical (generic) names are blue-stone, calcium carbonate, cuprous oxide, zinc hydroxide, hexachlorobenzene, and ethyl mercury acetate. The terms “mercury” or “mercurial” may be used in labeling all types of mercurials. Examples of commonly accepted abbreviated chemical names are BHC (1,2,3,4,5,6-Hexachlorocyclohexane) and DDT (dichloro diphenyl trichloroethane).

(c) Mercurials and similarly toxic substances. (1) Seed treated with a mercurial or similarly toxic substance (Environmental Protection Agency Toxicity Category I), if any amount remains with the seed, shall be labeled to show a representation of a skull and crossbones at least twice the size of the type used for information required to be on the label under paragraph (a) and shall also include in red letters on a background of distinctly contrasting color a statement worded substantially as follows: “This seed has been treated with Poison,” “Treated with Poison,” “Poison treated,” or “Poison”. The word “Poison” shall appear in type no less than 8 point.

(2) Mercurials and similarly toxic substances (Environmental Protection Agency Toxicity Category I) include the following:

Aldrin, technical

Demeton

Dieldrin

p-Dimethylaminobenzenediazo sodium sulfonate

Endrin

Ethion

Heptachlor

Mercurials, all types

Parathion

Phorate

Toxaphene

O - O - Diethyl-O-(isopropyl-4-methyl-6-py- rimidyl) thiophosphate

O, O-Diethyl-S-2-(ethylthio) ethyl phosphorodithioate

Any amount of such substances remaining with the seed is considered harmful within the meaning of this section.

(d) Other harmful substances. If a substance, other than one which would be classified as a mercurial or similarly toxic substance under paragraph (c) of this section, is used in the treatment of seed, and the amount remaining with the seed is harmful to humans or other vertebrate animals, the seed shall be labeled with an appropriate caution statement in type no smaller than 8 point worded substantially as follows: “Do not use for food,” “Do not use for feed,” “Do not use for oil purposes,” or “Do not use for food, feed, or oil purposes.” Any amount of any substance, not within paragraph (c) of this section, used in the treatment of the seed, which remains with the seed is considered harmful within the meaning of this section when the seed is in containers of more than 4 ounces, except that the following substances shall not be deemed harmful when present at a rate less than the number of parts per million indicated:

Allethrin—2 p.p.m.

Malathion—8 p.p.m.

Methoxyclor—2 p.p.m.

Piperonyl butoxide—8 p.p.m. on oat and sorghum and 20 p.p.m. on all other seeds.

Pyrethrins—1 p.p.m. on oat and sorghum and 3 p.p.m. on all other seeds.

[24 FR 3953, May 15, 1959, as amended at 25 FR 8769, Sept. 13, 1960; 30 FR 7888, June 18, 1965; 76 FR 31794, June 2, 2011; 85 FR 40580, July 7, 2020]

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§201.32   Screenings.

Screenings shipped in interstate commerce, if in containers, shall be labeled in a legible manner with letters not smaller than 18 point type and, if in bulk, shall be invoiced with the words, “Screenings for processing—not for seeding.”

[5 FR 31, Jan. 4, 1940]

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§201.33   Seed in bulk or large quantities; seed for cleaning or processing.

(a) In the case of seed in bulk, the information required under sections 201(a), (b), and (i) of the Act shall appear in the invoice or other records accompanying and pertaining to such seed. If the seed is in containers and in quantities of 20,000 pounds or more, regardless of the number of lots included, the information required on each container under sections 201 (a), (b), and (i) of the Act need not be shown on each container; Provided, That: (1) The omission from each container of a label with the required information is with the knowledge and consent of the consignee prior to the transportation or delivery for transportation of such seed in interstate commerce; (2) each container has stenciled upon it or bears a label containing a lot designation; and (3) the invoice or other records accompanying and pertaining to such seed bear the various statements required for the respective seeds.

(b) Seed consigned to a seed cleaning or processing establishment, for cleaning or processing for seeding purposes, need not be labeled to show the information required on each container under sections 201 (a), (b), and (i) of the Act if it is in bulk, or in containers and in quantities of 20,000 pounds or more regardless of the number of lots involved, and the invoice or other records accompanying and pertaining to such seed show that it is “Seed for processing,” or, if the seed is in containers and in quantities less than 20,000 pounds and each container bears a label with the words “Seed for processing.” If any such seed is later to be labeled as to origin and/or variety, the origin and/or variety as the case may be, shall be shown on the invoice if the seed is in bulk, otherwise, on a label, at the time of transportation to such establishment, except that if it is covered by a declaration of origin and/or variety it will be sufficient if the lot designation appearing in the declaration is placed on the invoice if the seed is in bulk, or on a label if the seed is in containers, regardless of the quantity.

[24 FR 3953, May 15, 1959, as amended at 85 FR 40580, July 7, 2020]

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§201.34   Kind, variety, and type; treatment substances; designation as hybrid.

(a) Indistinguishable seed and treatment substances. Reasonable precautions to insure that the kind, variety, or type of indistinguishable agricultural or vegetable seeds and names of any treatment substance are properly stated shall include the maintaining of the records described in §201.7 or §201.7a. The examination of the seed and any pertinent facts may be taken into consideration in determining whether reasonable precautions have been taken to insure the kind, variety, or type of seed or any treatment substance on the seed is that which is shown. Reasonable precautions in labeling ryegrass seed as to kind shall include making or obtaining the results of a fluorescence test unless (1) the shortness of the time interval between receipt of the seed lot and the shipment of the seed in interstate commerce, or (2) dormancy of the seeds in the lot, or (3) other circumstances beyond the control of the shipper prevent such action before the shipment is made. Reasonable precautions in labeling ryegrass seed as to kind shall also include keeping separate each lot labeled on the basis of a separate grower's declaration, invoice, or other documents.

(b) Name of kind. The name of each kind of agricultural or vegetable seed is the name listed in §201.2 (h) or (i), respectively, except that a name which has become synonymous through broad general usage may be substituted therefor, provided the name does not apply to more than one kind and is not misleading.

(c) Hybrid designation. Seed shall not be designated in labeling as “hybrid” seed unless it comes within the definition of “hybrid” in §201.2(y).

(d) Name of variety. The name of each variety of agricultural or vegetable seed is the name determined in accordance with the following considerations:

(1) The variety name shall represent a subdivision of a kind, which is characterized by growth, plant, fruit, seed, or other characters by which it can be differentiated from other sorts of the same kind.

(2) Except as otherwise provided in this section, the name of a new variety shall be the name given by the originator or discoverer of the variety, except that in the event the originator or discoverer of a new unnamed variety, at the time seed of the variety is first introduced into channels of commerce of the United States for sale to the public, cannot or chooses not to name the variety, the name of the variety shall be the first name under which the seed is introduced into such commerce. However, if the variety name so provided is in a language not using the Roman alphabet, the variety shall be given a name by the person authorized under this paragraph to name the variety, in a language using the Roman alphabet.

(3) The variety name shall not be misleading. The same variety name shall not be assigned to more than one variety of the same kind of seed.

(4) The status under the Federal Seed Act of a variety name is not modified by the registration of such name as a trademark.

(5) Names of varieties which through broad general usage prior to July 28, 1956 were recognized variety names, except for hybrid seed corn, shall be considered variety names without regard to the principles stated in paragraph (d)(2) of this section.

(6) The variety name for any variety of hybrid seed corn first introduced into commercial channels in the United States for sale prior to October 20, 1951, shall be any name used for such variety in such channels prior to that date. The variety name for any variety of hybrid seed corn first introduced into commercial channels in the United States for sale on or after October 20, 1951, shall be the name assigned in accordance with paragraphs (d)(1) through (4) of this section.

(e) [Reserved]

[20 FR 7928, Oct. 21, 1955]

Editorial Note: For Federal Register citations affecting §201.34, see the List of CFR Sections Affected, which appears in the Finding Aids section of the printed volume and at www.govinfo.gov.

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§201.35   Blank spaces.

Blank spaces on the label shall be deemed to imply the word “None,” when such interpretation is reasonable.

[5 FR 32, Jan. 4, 1940]

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§201.36   The words “free” and “none.”

The words “free” and “none” shall be construed to mean that none were found in a test complying with the methods set forth in §§201.45-201.52.

[5 FR 32, Jan. 4, 1940]

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modifying statements

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§201.36a   Disclaimers and nonwarranties.

A disclaimer, nonwarranty, or limited warranty used in any invoice or other labeling, or advertisement shall not directly or indirectly deny or modify any information required by the act or the regulations in this part.

[15 FR 2394, Apr. 28, 1950]

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advertising

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§201.36b   Name of kind and variety; designation as hybrid.

(a) The representation of the name of a kind or kind and variety of seed in any advertisement subject to the Act shall be confined to the name of the kind or kind and variety determined in accordance with §201.34. The name shall not have associated therewith words or terms that create a misleading impression as to the history or characteristics of the kind or kind and variety. Descriptive terms and firm names may be used in kind or variety names provided the descriptive terms or firm names are a part of the name or variety of seed; for example, Stringless Green Pod, Detroit Dark Red, Black Seeded Simpson and Henderson Bush Lima. Seed shall not be designated as hybrid seed in any advertisement subject to the Act unless it comes within the definition of “hybrid” in §201.2(y).

(b) Terms descriptive as to color, shape, size, habit of growth, disease-resistance, or other characteristics of the kind or variety may be associated with the name of the kind or variety provided it is done in a manner which clearly indicates the descriptive term is not a part of the name of the kind or variety; for example, Oshkosh pepper (yellow), Copenhagen Market (round head) cabbage, and Kentucky Wonder (pole) garden bean.

(c) Terms descriptive of quality or origin and terms descriptive of the basis for representations made may be associated with the name of the kind or variety: Provided, That the terms are clearly identified as being other than part of the name of the kind or variety; for example, Fancy quality redtop, Idaho origin alfalfa, and Grower's affidavit of variety Atlas sorghum.

(d) Terms descriptive of the manner or method of production or processing the seed (for example, certified, registered, delinted, scarified, treated, and hulled), may be associated with the name of the kind or variety of seed, providing such terms are not misleading.

(e) Brand names and terms taken from trademarks may be associated with the name of the kind or variety of seed as an indication of source: Provided, That the terms are clearly identified as being other than a part of the name of the kind or variety; for example, Ox Brand Golden Cross sweet corn. Seed shall not be advertised under a trademark or brand name in any manner that may create the impression that the trademark or brand name is a variety name. If seed advertised under a trademark or brand name is a mixture of varieties and if the variety names are not stated in the advertising, a description similar to a varietal description or a comparison with a named variety shall not be used if it creates the impression that the seed is of a single variety.

[21 FR 4652, June 27, 1956, as amended at 32 FR 12780, Sept. 6, 1967; 59 FR 64491, Dec. 14, 1994; 85 FR 40580, July 7, 2020]

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§201.36c   Hermetically-sealed containers.

The 5-month limitation on the date of test in §§201.22 and 201.30a shall not apply when the following conditions have been met:

(a) The seed was packaged within 9 months after harvest;

(b) The container used does not allow water vapor penetration through any wall, including the seals, greater than 0.05 grams of water per 24 hours per 100 square inches of surface at 100 °F. with a relative humidity on one side of 90 percent and on the other side of 0 percent. Water vapor penetration or WVP is measured by the standards of the U.S. Bureau of Standards as:

gm.H2O / 24 hr. / 100 sq. in. / 100 °F. / 90% RH V.0% RH;

(c) The seed in the container does not exceed the percentage of moisture, on a wet weight basis, as listed below:

Agricultural seeds Percent
Beet, field7.5
Beet, sugar7.5
Bluegrass, Kentucky6.0
Clover, crimson8.0
Fescue, red8.0
Mustard, India5.0
Ryegrass, annual8.0
Ryegrass, perennial8.0
All others6.0
Vegetable seeds Percent
Bean, garden7.0
Bean, lima7.0
Beet7.5
Broccoli5.0
Brussels sprouts5.0
Cabbage5.0
Cabbage, Chinese5.0
Carrot7.0
Cauliflower5.0
Celeriac7.0
Celery7.0
Chard, Swiss7.5
Chives6.5
Collards5.0
Corn, sweet8.0
Cucumber6.0
Eggplant6.0
Kale5.0
Kohlrabi5.0
Leek6.5
Lettuce5.5
Melon6.0
Mustard, India5.0
Onion6.5
Onion, Welsh6.5
Parsley6.5
Parsnip6.0
Pea7.0
Pepper4.5
Pumpkin6.0
Radish5.0
Rutabaga5.0
Spinach8.0
Squash6.0
Tomato5.5
Turnip5.0
Watermelon6.5
All others6.0

(d) The container is conspicuously labeled in not less than 8 point type to indicate (1) that the container is hermetically sealed, (2) that the seed has been preconditioned as to moisture content, and (3) the calendar month and year in which the germination test was completed.

(e) The percentage of germination of vegetable seed at the time of packaging was equal to or above the standards in §201.31.

[32 FR 12780, Sept. 6, 1967, as amended at 59 FR 64491, Dec. 14, 1994]

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inspection

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§201.37   Authorization.

When authorized by the Administrator of the Agriculture Marketing Service, or by such other person as may be designated for the purpose, Federal employees and qualified State officials, for the purposes of the Act, may draw samples of, secure information and inspect records pertaining to, and otherwise inspect seeds and screenings subject to the Act.

[15 FR 2394, Apr. 28, 1950, as amended at 59 FR 64492, Dec. 14, 1994; 85 FR 40580, July 7, 2020]

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§201.38   [Reserved]

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sampling in the administration of the act

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§201.39   General procedure.

(a) In order to secure a representative sample, equal portions shall be taken from evenly distributed parts of the quantity of seed or screenings to be sampled. Access shall be had to all parts of that quantity. When more than one trierful of seed is drawn from a bag, different paths shall be followed. When more than one handful is taken from a bag, the handfuls shall be taken from well-separated points.

(b) For free-flowing seed in bags or bulk, a probe or trier shall be used. For small free-flowing seed in bags a probe or trier long enough to sample all portions of the bag should be used.

(c) Non-free-flowing seed, such as certain grass seed, uncleaned seed, or screenings, difficult to sample with a probe or trier, shall be sampled by thrusting the hand into the bulk and withdrawing representative portions. The hand is inserted in an open position and the fingers are held closely together while the hand is being inserted and the portion withdrawn.

(d) As the seed or screenings are sampled, each portion shall be examined. If there appears to be a lack of uniformity, the portions shall not be combined into a composite sample but shall be retained as separate samples or combined to form individual-container samples to determine such lack of uniformity as may exist.

(e) When the portions appear to be uniform, they shall be combined to form a composite sample.

[5 FR 32, Jan. 4, 1940, as amended at 10 FR 9950, Aug. 11, 1945; 25 FR 8769, Sept. 13, 1960; 26 FR 10035, Oct. 26, 1961; 85 FR 40580, July 7, 2020]

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§201.40   Bulk.

Bulk seeds or screenings shall be sampled by inserting a long probe or thrusting the hand into the bulk as circumstances require in at least seven uniformly distributed parts of the quantity being sampled. At least as many trierfuls or handfuls shall be taken as the minimum which would be required for the same quantity of seed or screenings in bags of a size customarily used for such seed or screenings.

[5 FR 32, Jan. 4, 1940, as amended at 26 FR 10035, Oct. 26, 1961]

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§201.41   Bags.

(a) For lots of six bags or fewer, each bag shall be sampled. A total of at least five trierfuls shall be taken.

(b) For lots of more than six bags, five bags plus at least 10 percent of the number of bags in the lot shall be sampled. (Round off numbers with decimals to the nearest whole number, raising 0.5 to the next whole number.) Regardless of the lot size it is not necessary that more than 30 bags be sampled.

(c) Samples shall be drawn from unopened bags except under circumstances where the identity of the seed has been preserved.

[5 FR 32, Jan. 4, 1940, as amended at 26 FR 10035, Oct. 26, 1961; 76 FR 31794, June 2, 2011]

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§201.42   Small containers.

In sampling seed in small containers that it is not practical to sample as required in §201.41, a portion of one unopened container or one or more entire unopened containers may be taken to supply a minimum size sample, as required in §201.43.

[30 FR 7888, June 18, 1965]

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§201.43   Size of sample.

The following are minimum sizes of samples of agricultural seed, vegetable seed and screenings to be submitted for analysis, test, or examination:

(a) Two ounces (57 grams) of grass seed not otherwise mentioned, white or alsike clover, or seeds not larger than these.

(b) Five ounces (142 grams) of red or crimson clover, alfalfa, lespedeza, ryegrass, bromegrass, millet, flax, rape, or seeds of similar size.

(c) One pound (454 grams) of sudangrass, proso millet, hemp, or seeds of similar size.

(d) Two pounds (907 grams) of cereals, sorghum, vetch, or seeds of similar or larger size.

(e) Two quarts (2.2 liters) of screenings.

(f) Vegetable seed samples shall consist of at least 400 seeds.

(g) Coated seed for a purity analysis shall consist of at least 7,500 seed units. Coated seed for noxious-weed seed examination shall consist of at least 30,000 seed units. Coated seed for germination test only shall consist of at least 1,000 seed units.

[10 FR 9950, Aug. 11, 1945, as amended at 15 FR 2394, Apr. 28, 1950; 59 FR 64492, Dec. 14, 1994]

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§201.44   Forwarding samples.

Before being forwarded for analysis, test, or examination, the containers of samples shall be properly sealed and identified in such manner as may be prescribed by AMS. Samples of coated seed shall be forwarded in firmly packed crush-proof and moisture-proof containers.

[59 FR 64492, Dec. 14, 1994]

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purity analysis in the administration of the act

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§201.45   Obtaining the working sample.

(a) The working sample on which the actual analysis is made shall be taken from the submitted sample in such a manner that it will be representative.

(b) The sample shall be repeatedly divided to the weight to be used for the working sample. Some form of efficient mechanical divider should be used. To avoid damaging large seeds and coated seeds, a divider should be used which will prevent the seeds from falling great distances onto hard surfaces. In case the proper mechanical divider cannot be used or is not available, the sample shall be thoroughly mixed and placed in a pile and the pile shall be repeatedly divided into halves until a sample of the desired weight remains.

[5 FR 32, Jan. 4, 1940, as amended at 20 FR 7929, Oct. 21, 1955; 25 FR 8769, Sept. 13, 1960; 59 FR 64492, Dec. 14, 1994]

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§201.46   Weight of working sample.

(a) Unmixed seed. The working samples for purity analysis and noxiousweed seed examination of unmixed seed shall be at least the weights set forth in table 1.

(c) Mixtures consisting of two or more kinds or groups of kinds of different sizes, none of which comprise over 50 percent of the sample. The weights of the purity working samples in this category shall be the weighted averages (to the nearest half gram) of the weights listed in table 1 for each of the kinds which comprise the sample determined by the following method: (1) Multiply the percentage of each component in the mixture (rounded off to the nearest whole number) by the sample sizes specified in column 2, table 1, (2) add all these products, (3) total the percentages of all components of the mixtures, and (4) divide the sum in paragraph (c)(2) of this section by the total in paragraph (c)(3) of this section. If the approximate percentage of the components of a mixture are not known they may be estimated. The weight of the noxious-weed seed working sample shall be determined by multiplying the weight of the purity working sample by 10 or by calculating the weighted average in the same manner described above for the purity working sample.

(d) Coated seed.

(1) Unmixed coated seed. Due to variation in the weight of coating materials, the size or weight of the working sample shall be determined separately for each lot. The weight of the working sample shall be determined by weighing 100 completely coated units and calculating the weight of 2,500 coated units for the purity analysis and 25,000 coated units for the noxious-weed seed examination.

(2) Mixtures of coated seed. The working weight shall be determined in the following manner:

(i) Calculate the weight of the working sample to be used for the mixture under consideration as though the sample were not coated by following paragraph (b) or (c) of this section.

(ii) Determine the amount of coating material on 100 coated units by weighing the coated units. Remove the coating material using the methods described in §§201.51b (c) and (d). Calculate the percentage of coating material using the following formulas:

Weight of coating material = weight of 100 coated units − weight of 100 de-coated units;

The percentage of coating material = weight of the coating material divided by the weight of 100 coated units × 100%.

(iii) The weight of the working sample shall be the product of the weight calculated in paragraph (d)(2)(i) of this section multiplied by 100 percent, divided by 100 percent minus the percentage of coating material calculated in paragraph (d)(2)(ii) of this section.

Table 1—Weight of Working Sample

Name of seed Minimum weight for purity analysis (grams) Minimum weight for noxious-weed seed examination (grams)Approximate number of seeds per gram
Agricultural Seed
Agrotricum6550039
Alfalfa550500
Alfilaria550440
Alyceclover550665
Bahiagrass:
Var. Pensacola550600
All other vars.750365
Barley10050030
Barrelclover10100250
Bean:
Adzuki20050011
Field5005004
Mung10050024
Beet, field5050055
Beet, sugar5050055
Beggarweed, Florida550440
Bentgrass:
Colonial0.252.513,000
Creeping0.252.513,515
Velvet0.252.518,180
Bermudagrass1103,930
Bermudagrass, giant1102,950
Bluegrass:
Annual1102,635
Bulbous440585
Canada0.555,050
Glaucantha110
Kentucky1103,060
Nevada1102,305
Rough0.554,610
Texas1102,500
Wood0.554,330
Bluejoint0.558,461
Bluestem:
Big770320
Little550525
Sand10100215
Yellow1101,945
Bottlebrush-squirreltail990300
Brome:
Field550465
Meadow13130190
Mountain20200140
Smooth770315
Broomcorn4040060
Buckwheat5050045
Buffalograss:
(Burs)20200110
(Caryopses)330740
Buffelgrass:
(Fascicles)666365
(Caryopses)2201,940
Burclover, California:
(in bur)50500
(out of bur)770375
Burclover, spotted
(in bur)5050050
(out of bur)550550
Burnet, little25250110
Buttonclover770365
Canarygrass20200150
Canarygrass, reed2201,185
Camelina440880
Carpetgrass1102,230
Castorbean5005005
Chess, soft550555
Chickpea5005002
Clover:
Alsike2201,500
Arrowleaf440705
Berseem550455
Cluster1102,925
Crimson10100330
Kenya220
Ladino2201,935
Lappa2201,500
Large hop1105,435
Persian2201,415
Red550600
Rose770360
Small hop2201,950
Strawberry550635
Sub25250120
White2201,500
Corn:
Field5005003
Pop5005003
Cotton3005008
Cowpea3005008
Crambe25250
Crested dogtail2201,900
Crotalaria:
Lance770375
Showy2525080
Slenderleaf10100205
Striped10100215
Sunn7550035
Crownvetch10100305
Dallisgrass440620
Dichondra550470
Dropseed, sand0.252.512,345
Emmer10050025
Fescue:
Chewings330900
Hair110
Hard2201,305
Meadow550495
Red330900
Sheep2201,165
Tall550455
Flatpea10050025
Flax15150180
Foxtail, creeping1.5151,736
Foxtail, meadow330893
Galletagrass:
(Other than caryopses)10100260
(Caryopses)550580
Grama:
Blue2201,595
Side-oats:
(Other than caryopses)660350
(Caryopses)2201,605
Guar7550035
Guineagrass2202,205
Hardinggrass330750
Hemp5050045
Indiangrass, yellow770395
Indigo, hairy770435
Japanese lawngrass2201,325
Johnsongrass10100265
Kenaf50500
Kochia, forage2201,070
Kudzu2525080
Lentil12050014-23
Lespedeza:
Korean550525
Sericea330820
Siberian330820
Striate550750
Lovegrass, sand1103,585
Lovegrass, weeping1103,270
Lupine:
Blue5005007
White5005007
Yellow3005009
Manilagrass220
Medic, black550585
Milkvetch990270
Millet:
Browntop880315
Foxtail550480
Japanese990315
Pearl15150180
Proso15150185
Molassesgrass0.557,750
Mustard:
Black2201,255
India550625
White15150160
Napiergrass550
Needlegrass, green770370
Oat7550035-50
Oatgrass, tall660417
Orchardgrass330945
Panicgrass, blue2201,370
Panicgrass, green2201,305
Pea, field5005004
Peanut5005001-3
Radish3030075
Rape:
Annual770345
Bird770425
Turnip550535
Winter10100230
Redtop0.252.510,695
Rescuegrass20200115
Rhodesgrass1104,725
Rice5050065
Ricegrass, Indian770355
Roughpea7550040
Rye7550040
Rye, mountain2828090
Ryegrass:
Annual550420
Intermediate880338
Perennial550530
Wimmera550
Safflower10050030
Sagewort, Louisiana0.558,900
Sainfoin5050050
Saltbush, fourwing15150165
Sesame770360
Sesbania25250105
Smilo2202,010
Sorghum5050055
Sorghum almum15150150
Sorghum-sudangrass6550038
Sorgrass115150135
Sourclover550660
Soybean5005006-13
Spelt10050025
Sudangrass25250100
Sunflower100500
Sweetclover:
White550570
Yellow550570
Sweet vernalgrass2201,600
Sweetvetch, northern19190130
Switchgrass440570
Teff1103,288
Timothy1102,565
Timothy, turf1102,565
Tobacco0.5515,625
Trefoil:
Big2201,945
Birdsfoot330815
Triticale100500
Vaseygrass330970
Veldtgrass440655
Velvetbean5005002
Velvetgrass1103,360
Vetch:
Common15050019
Hairy7550035
Hungarian10050024
Monantha100500
Narrowleaf5050060
Purple10050022
Woollypod10050025
Wheat:
Common10050025
Club10050025
Durum10050025
Polish10050025
Poulard10050025
Wheat × Agrotricum6550038
Wheatgrass:
Beardless880275
Fairway crested440685
Standard crested550425
Intermediate15150175
Pubescent15150180
Siberian550
Slender770295
Streambank1050370
Tall15150165
Western10100250
Wildrye:
Basin880317
Canada11110190
Russian660360
Vegetable Seed
Artichoke10050024
Asparagus10050025
Asparagusbean3005008
Bean:
Garden5005004
Lima5005002
Runner5005001
Beet5030060
Broadbean500500
Broccoli1050315
Brussels sprouts1050315
Burdock, great15150
Cabbage1050315
Cabbage, Chinese550635
Cabbage, tronchuda10100
Cardoon100500
Carrot350825
Cauliflower1050315
Celeriac1252,520
Celery1252,520
Chard, Swiss5030060
Chicory350940
Chives550
Citron20050011
Collards1050315
Corn, sweet500500
Cornsalad:
Vars. Fullhearted and Dark Green Fullhearted550
All other vars1050380
Cowpea3005008
Cress:
Garden550425
Upland2351,160
Water1255,170
Cucumber7550040
Dandelion2351,240
Dill350800
Eggplant1050230
Endive350940
Gherkin, West India16160153
Kale1050315
Kale, Chinese1050
Kale, Siberian880325
Kohlrabi1050315
Leek750395
Lettuce350890
Melon5050045
Mustard, India550625
Mustard, spinach550535
Okra10050019
Onion750340
Onion, Welsh1050
Pak-choi550635
Parsley550650
Parsnip550430
Pea5005003
Pepper15150165
Pumpkin5005005
Radish3030075
Rhubarb5030060
Rutabaga550430
Sage25150120
Salsify5030065
Savory, summer2351,750
Sorrel2351,080
Soybean5005006-13
Spinach25150100
Spinach, New Zealand20050013
Squash20050014
Tomato550405
Tomato, husk2351,240
Turnip550535
Watermelon20050011

1Rhizomatous derivatives of a johnsongrass × sorghum cross or a johnsongrass × sudangrass cross.

[25 FR 8769, Sept. 13, 1960, as amended at 30 FR 7888, June 18, 1965; 32 FR 12780, Sept. 6, 1967; 35 FR 6108, Apr. 15, 1970; 41 FR 20156, May 17, 1976; 46 FR 53635, Oct. 29, 1981; 59 FR 64492, Dec. 14, 1994; 65 FR 1707, Jan. 11, 2000; 85 FR 40580, July 7, 2020]

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§201.47   Separation.

(a) The working sample shall be weighed in grams to four significant figures and shall then be separated into four parts: (1) Kind or variety to be considered pure seed, (2) other crop seed, (3) weed seed, and (4) inert matter. The components shall be weighed in grams to the same number of decimal places as the working sample. The percentage of each part shall be determined to two decimal places.

(b) Aids for the classification of pure seed, other crop seed, weed seed, and inert matter may include visual examination, use of transmitted light (diaphanoscope), or specific gravity (seed blowers). Specific instructions for classification of the various components are given in §§201.47a to 201.51, inclusive.

(c) The components shall be weighed and percentages calculated as follows:

(1) For sample sizes less than 25 grams, all four components shall be weighed; the percentages shall be based on the sum of these weights and not on the original weight. The sum of these weights shall be compared with the original weight of the working sample as a check against the loss of material, or other errors.

(2) For sample sizes of 25 grams or more, the components—other crop seed, weed seed, and inert matter—shall be weighed separately and their percentages determined by dividing these weights by the original weight of the working sample. The pure seed need not be weighed; its percentage may be determined by subtracting the sum of the percentages of the other three components from 100.

(3) When rounding off the calculated percentages of each component to the second decimal place, round down if the third decimal place is 4 or less and round up if the third decimal place is 5 or more, except that if any component is determined to be present in any amount calculated to be less than 0.015 percent, then that component shall be reported as 0.01 percent. If any component is not found in the purity analysis, then that component shall be reported as 0.00 percent.

(4) The total percentage of all components shall be 100.00 percent. If the total does not equal 100.00 percent (e.g. 99.99 percent or 100.01 percent), then add to or subtract from the component with the largest value (usually the pure seed component).

(d) When the working sample consists of two or more similar kinds or varieties which would be difficult to separate in the entire sample, it is permissible to weigh the similar kinds or varieties together as one component and make the separation on a reduced portion of the sample. At least 400 seeds or an equivalent weight shall be taken indiscriminately from the pure seed component and the separation made on this portion. The proportion of each kind present shall then be determined by weight and from this the percentage in the entire sample shall be calculated.

(e) The Uniform Blowing Procedure described in §201.51a(a) shall be used for the separation of pure seed and inert matter in seeds of Kentucky bluegrass, Canada bluegrass, rough bluegrass, Pensacola variety of bahiagrass, orchardgrass, side-oats grama, and blue grama.

(f) Procedures for purity analysis for coated seed are given in §201.51b.

[25 FR 8770, Sept. 13, 1960, as amended at 30 FR 7890, June 18, 1965; 46 FR 53635, Oct. 29, 1981; 59 FR 64497, Dec. 14, 1994; 65 FR 1707, Jan. 11, 2000]

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§201.47a   Seed unit.

The seed unit is the structure usually regarded as a seed in planting practices and in commercial channels. The seed unit may consist of one or more of the following structures:

(a) True seeds;

(b) For the grass family:

(1) Caryopses and single florets;

(2) Multiple florets and spikelets in tall oatgrass (Arrhenatherum elatius), oat (Avena spp.), gramas (Bouteloua spp.), rhodesgrass (Chloris gayana), barley (Hordeum vulgare), and bluegrass (Poa spp.);

(3) Entire spikelets in bahiagrass, bentgrasses, dallisgrass, guineagrass, browntop millet, foxtail millet, proso millet, panicgrasses, redtop, rice, switchgrass, and vaseygrass. Entire spikelets which may have attached rachis segments, pedicels, and sterile spikelets in big bluestem, little bluestem, sand bluestem, yellow bluestem, bottlebrush-squirreltail, broomcorn, yellow indiangrass, johnsongrass, sorghum, sorghum- sudangrass, sorghum almum, sorgrass, and sudangrass;

(4) Spikelet groups:

(i) Spikelet groups that disarticulate as a unit in galletagrass;

(ii) Spikelet groups that disarticulate as units with attached rachis and internodes in bluestems, side-oats grama, and yellow indiangrass;

(5) Fascicles of buffelgrass (Cenchrus ciliaris) consisting of bristles and spikelets;

(6) Burs of buffalograss (Bouteloua dactyloides);

(7) Bulblets of bulbous bluegrass (Poa bulbosa);

(8) Multiple units as defined in §201.51a(b)(1).

(c) Dry indehiscent fruits in the following plant families: Buckwheat (Polygonaceae), sunflower (Asteraceae), geranium (Geraniaceae), goosefoot (Chenopodiaceae), and valerian (Valerianaceae);

(d) One- and two-seeded pods of small-seeded legumes (Fabaceae), burs of the burclovers (Medicago arabica, M. polymorpha), and pods of peanuts (Arachis hypogaea). (This does not preclude the shelling of small-seeded legumes for purposes of identification.) Pods of legumes normally containing more than two seeds, when occurring incidentally in the working sample, should be hulled if the kind is hulled when marketed;

(e) Fruits or half fruits in the carrot family (Apiaceae);

(f) Nutlets in the following plant families: Borage (Boraginaceae), mint (Lamiaceae), and vervain (Verbenaceae);

(g) “Seed balls” or portions thereof in multigerm beets, and fruits with accessory structures such as occur in other Chenopodiaceae and New Zealand spinach. For forage kochia refer to §201.48(j) and §201.51(a)(7).

[46 FR 53636, Oct. 29, 1981, as amended at 59 FR 64497, Dec. 14, 1994; 65 FR 1707, Jan. 11, 2000; 85 FR 40581, July 7, 2020]

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§201.47b   Working samples.

The purity working sample is the sample on which the purity analysis is made. The noxious-weed seed working sample is the sample on which the noxious-weed seed examination is made.

[20 FR 7930, Oct. 21, 1955]

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§201.48   Kind or variety considered pure seed.

The pure seed shall include all seeds of each kind or each kind and variety under consideration present in excess of 5 percent by weight of the whole. Seeds of kinds or kinds and varieties present to the extent of 5 percent or less of the whole may be considered pure seed if shown on the label as components of a mixture in amounts of 5 percent or less. The following shall be included with the pure seed:

(a) Immature or shriveled seeds and seeds that are cracked or injured. For seeds of legumes (Fabaceae) and crucifers (Brassicaceae) with the seed coats entirely removed refer to §201.51(a)(1);

(b) Pieces of seeds which are larger than one-half of the original size. For separated cotyledons of legume seeds refer to §201.51(a)(2);

(c) Insect-damaged seeds, provided that the damage is entirely internal, or that the opening in the seed coat is not sufficiently large so as to allow the size of the remaining mass of tissue to be readily determined. Weevil-infested vetch seeds, irrespective of the amount of insect damage, are to be considered pure seed, unless they are broken pieces one-half or less than the original size. For classification of broken pieces of seed units one-half or less than the original size, refer to §201.51(a)(2). Refer to §201.51(a)(3) for chalcid-damaged seeds;

(d) Seeds that have started to germinate;

(e) Seeds of the cucurbit family (Cucurbitaceae) and the nightshade family (Solanaceae) whether they are filled or empty;

(f) Intact fruits, whether or not they contain seed, of species belonging to the following families: Sunflower (Asteraceae), buckwheat (Polygonaceae), carrot (Apiaceae), valerian (Valerianaceae), mint (Laminaceae) and other families in which the seed unit may be a dry, indehiscent one-seeded fruit. For visibly empty fruits, refer to inert matter, §201.51(a)(6);

(g) Seed units of the grass family listed in §201.47a(b) (1) through (5) if a caryopsis with some degree of endosperm development can be detected in the units, either by slight pressure or by examination over light. Seed units of smooth brome, fairway crested wheatgrass, standard crested wheatgrass, tall wheatgrass, intermediate wheatgrass, pubescent wheatgrass, western wheatgrass, fescues (Festuca spp.), and ryegrasses (Lolium spp.) if the caryopses are at least one-third the length of the palea; the caryopsis is measured from the base of the rachilla. Species in which determination of endosperm development is not necessary are listed in paragraphs (g) (1) and (2) of this section. Refer to §§201.48(h) and 201.51(a)(5) when nematode galls and fungal bodies have replaced the caryopsis in seed units. The following procedures apply to determine pure seed in the grass families listed below:

(1) Intact burs of buffalograss (Bouteloua dactyloides) shall be considered pure seed whether or not a caryopsis is present. Refer to §201.51(a)(6) for burs which are visibly empty.

(2) The Uniform Blowing Procedure described in §201.51a(a) shall be used to determine classification of florets into pure seed or inert matter for Kentucky bluegrass, Canada bluegrass, rough bluegrass, Pensacola variety of bahiagrass, side-oats grama, blue grama, and orchardgrass.

(3) Special purity procedures for smooth brome, fairway crested wheatgrass, standard crested wheatgrass, intermediate wheatgrass, pubescent wheatgrass, tall wheatgrass, and western wheatgrass are listed in §201.51a(b).

(4) For methods of determining pure seed percentages of annual and perennial ryegrass, refer to §§201.58(b)(10) and 201.58a(a).

(h) Seed units with nematode galls, fungal bodies (i.e. ergot, other sclerotia, and smut) and spongy or corky caryopses that are entirely enclosed within the seed unit. Refer to §201.51(c)(1) for inert matter classification.

(i) Seed units of beet and other Chenopodiaceae, and New Zealand spinach. Refer to §201.47a(g) and §201.51(a)(6) for definitions of seed units and inert matter, respectively.

(j) Seed units of forage kochia that are retained on a 1 mm opening square-hole sieve, when shaken for 30 seconds. For inert matter, refer to §201.51(a)(7).

[46 FR 53636, Oct. 29, 1981, as amended at 59 FR 64497, Dec. 14, 1994; 76 FR 31794, June 2, 2011; 85 FR 40581, July 7, 2020]

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§201.49   Other crop seed.

(a) Seeds of plants grown as crops (other than the kind(s) and variety(ies) included in the pure seed) shall be considered other crop seeds, unless recognized as weed seeds by applicable laws, or regulations, or by general usage. All interpretations and definitions for “pure seed” in §201.48 shall also apply in determining whether seeds are “other crop seed” or “inert matter” with the following two exceptions which may be applied as acceptable alternatives:

(1) Uniform Blowing Procedure in §201.51a(a) for kinds listed in §201.47(e) may be disregarded. If disregarded, all seed units (as defined in §201.47a) for these kinds found in the working sample shall be manually separated into pure seed and inert matter. Only units containing at least one caryopsis with some degree of endosperm development which can be detected either by slight pressure or by examination over light are considered other crop seed.

(2) Multiple Unit Procedure in §201.51a(b) for kinds listed in §201.48(g)(3) may be disregarded. If disregarded, all multiple units and single units (as defined in §201.51a(b)) for these kinds found in the working sample shall be manually separated into single florets. Each floret containing a caryopsis with some degree of endosperm development, which can be detected either by slight pressure or examination over light, is considered other crop seed. Empty florets and glumes, if present, are considered inert matter. Refer to §201.51(a)(4).

(b) [Reserved]

[59 FR 64498, Dec. 14, 1994; 60 FR 2493, Jan. 10, 1995]

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§201.50   Weed seed.

Seeds (including bulblets or tubers) of plants shall be considered weed seeds when recognized as weed seeds by the law or rules and regulations of the State into which the seed is offered for transportation or transported; or by the law or rules and regulations of Puerto Rico, Guam, or District of Columbia into which transported, or District of Columbia in which sold; or found by the Secretary of Agriculture to be detrimental to the agricultural interests of the United States, or any part thereof. Damaged weed seeds and immature seedlike structures, as described in §201.51(b), shall be considered inert matter. Weed seeds, as defined above in this section, requiring further separation into weed seed and inert matter components are as follows:

(a) The individual seeds are to be removed from fruiting structures such as pods and heads. The seeds are classified as weed seed and the remaining fruiting structures classified as inert matter.

(b) Wild onion and wild garlic (Allium spp.) bulblets that have any part of the husk remaining and are not damaged at the basal end are considered weed seeds regardless of size. Bulblets that are completely devoid of husk, and are not damaged at the basal end, and are retained by a 113 -inch (1.9 mm) round-hole sieve are considered weed seeds. For wild onion and wild garlic (Allium spp.) bulblets classed as inert matter, refer to §201.51(b)(5).

[46 FR 53636, Oct. 29, 1981, as amended at 59 FR 64498, Dec. 14, 1994; 65 FR 1707, Jan. 11, 2000]

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§201.51   Inert matter.

Inert matter shall include seeds and seed-like structures from both crop and weed plants and other material not seeds as follows:

(a) Seeds and seed-like structures from crop plants:

(1) Seeds of legumes (Fabaceae) and brassica (Brassicaceae) with the seed coats entirely removed. Refer to §210.48(a) for pure seed classification.

(2) Pieces of broken and damaged seed units, including those that are insect damaged, which are one-half the original size or less. If greater than one-half, refer to §201.48(b) and (c) for pure seed classification. Also included as inert matter are separated cotyledons of legumes, irrespective of whether or not the radicle-plumule axis and/or more than one-half of the seed coat may be attached.

(3) Chalcid-damaged seeds (puffy, soft, or dry and crumbly) of alfalfa, red clover, crimson clover, and similar kinds of small seeded legumes. Refer to §201.48(c) for pure seed classification.

(4) Glumes and empty florets except as stated under pure seed. Refer to §201.48 (g) and (h) for pure seed classification.

(5) Seed units with nematode galls or fungal bodies (smut, ergot, and other sclerotia) that are not entirely enclosed within the seed unit. Refer to §201.48(h) for pure seed classification.

(6) Broken seed units of Chenopodiaceae and fruit portions or fragments of monogerm beets, New Zealand spinach, buffalograss, and families in which the seed unit is a dry indehiscent one-seeded fruit that visibly do not contain a seed. Refer to §201.48 (f), (g)(1), (i), and (j) for pure seed classification.

(7) Seed units of forage kochia that pass through a 1 mm opening, square-hole sieve, when shaken for 30 seconds.

(8) The thin pericarp (fruit wall), if present on seeds of northern sweetvetch.

(9) Immature florets of smooth brome, fairway crested wheatgrass, standard crested wheatgrass, tall wheatgrass, intermediate wheatgrass, pubescent wheatgrass, western wheatgrass, fescues (Festuca spp.), and ryegrasses (Lolium spp.) in which the caryopses are less than one-third the length of the palea; the caryopsis is measured from the base of the rachilla.

(b) Seeds and seed-like structures from weed plants, which by visual examination (including the use of light or dissection), can be determined to be within the following categories:

(1) Damaged seed (other than grasses) with over one-half of the embryo missing.

(2) Grass florets and caryopses classed as inert:

(i) Glumes and empty florets of weedy grasses;

(ii) Damaged grass caryopses, including free caryopses, with over one-half the root-shoot axis missing (the scutellum excluded);

(iii) Immature free caryopses devoid of embryo and/or endosperm;

(iv) Immature florets of quackgrass (Elymus repens) in which the caryopses are less than one-third the length of the palea. The caryopsis is measured from the base of the rachilla;

(v) Free caryopses of quackgrass (E. repens) that are 2 mm or less in length.

(3) Seeds of legumes and species of Brassica with the seed coats entirely removed.

(4) Immature seed units, devoid of both embryo and endosperm, such as occur in but not limited to the following plant families: Sedge (Asteraceae), buckwheat (Polygonaceae), morning glory (Convolvulaceae), nightshade (Solanaceae), puncturevine (Zygophyllaceae) and sunflower (Compositae). Cocklebur (Xanthium spp.) burs are to be dissected to determine whether or not seeds are present.

(5) Wild onion and wild garlic (Allium spp.) bulblets:

(i) Bulblets which are completely devoid of the husk and pass through a

1/13th-inch, round-hole sieve.

(ii) Bulblets which show evident damage to the basal end, whether husk is present or absent. Refer to §201.50(c) for wild onion and wild garlic (Allium spp.) bulblets classed as weed seeds.

(6) Dodder (Cuscuta spp.): Seeds devoid of embryos and seeds which are ashy gray to creamy white in color are inert matter. Seeds should be sectioned when necessary to determine if an embryo is present as when seeds have a normal color but are slightly swollen, dimpled or have minute holes.

(7) Buckhorn (Plantago lanceolata): Black seeds, with no brown color evident, whether shriveled or plump; the color of questionable seeds shall be determined by use of a stereoscopic microscope with magnification of approximately 10 × and a fluorescent lamp with two 15-watt daylight-type tubes.

(8) Ragweed (Ambrosia spp.): Seed with both the involucre and pericarp absent.

(c) Other matter that is not seed:

(1) Free nematode galls or fungal bodies such as smut, ergot, and other sclerotia.

(2) Soil particles, sand, stone, chaff, stems, leaves, flowers, loose coating material, and any other foreign material.

(3) Coating material removed from coated seed by washing. Refer to §201.51b(c).

[46 FR 53637, Oct. 29, 1981; 46 FR 58059, Nov. 30, 1981, as amended at 59 FR 64498, Dec. 14, 1994; 65 FR 1707, Jan. 11, 2000; 76 FR 31794, June 2, 2011; 85 FR 40581, July 7, 2020]

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§201.51a   Special procedures for purity analysis.

(a) The laboratory analyst shall use the Uniform Blowing Procedure described in this paragraph to separate pure seed and inert matter in the following: Kentucky bluegrass, Canada bluegrass, rough bluegrass, Pensacola variety of bahiagrass, orchardgrass, blue grama, and side-oats grama.

(1) Separation of mixtures. Separate seed kinds listed in this section from other kinds in mixtures before using the Uniform Blowing Procedure.

(2) Calibration samples. Obtain calibration samples and instructions, which are available on loan through the Seed Regulatory and Testing Division, S&T, AMS, 801 Summit Crossing Place, Suite C, Gastonia, North Carolina 28054.

(3) Blowing point. Use the calibration samples to establish a blowing point prior to proceeding with the separation of pure seed and inert matter for these kinds.

(i) Refer to the specifications on the calibration samples for Kentucky bluegrass, orchardgrass, and Pensacola variety of bahiagrass to determine their appropriate blowing points for the Uniform Blowing Procedure.

(ii) Use the calibration sample for Kentucky bluegrass to determine the blowing points for Canada bluegrass, rough bluegrass, blue grama, and side-oats grama.

(A) The blowing point for Canada bluegrass shall be the same as the blowing point determined for Kentucky bluegrass.

(B) The blowing point for rough bluegrass shall be a factor of 0.82 (82 percent) of the blowing point determined for Kentucky bluegrass. The 0.82 factor is restricted to the General-type seed blower.

(C) The blowing point for blue grama shall be a factor of 1.157 of the blowing point determined for Kentucky bluegrass. Before blowing, extraneous material that will interfere with the blowing process shall be removed. The sample to be blown shall be divided into four approximately equal parts and each blown separately. The 1.157 factor is restricted to the General-type seed blower.

(D) The blowing point for side-oats grama shall be a factor of 1.480 of the blowing point determined for Kentucky bluegrass. Before blowing, extraneous material that will interfere with the blowing process shall be removed. The sample to be blown shall be divided into four approximately equal parts and each part blown separately. The 1.480 factor is restricted to the General-type seed blower.

(4) Blower calibration. Calibrate and test the blower according to the instructions that accompany the calibration samples before using the blower to analyze the seed sample. Use the anemometer to set the blower gate opening according to the calibration sample specifications.

(i) Determine the blowing point using a calibrated anemometer.

(ii) Position the anemometer fan precisely over the blower opening, set it at meters per second (m/s), run the blower at the calibrated gate setting, and wait 30 seconds before reading the anemometer.

(iii) Use this anemometer reading to determine the blower gate setting whenever the Uniform Blowing Procedure is required.

(5) Pure seed and inert matter. Use the calibrated blower to separate the seed sample into light and heavy portions. After completing the initial separation, remove and separate all weed and other crop seeds from the light portion. The remainder of the light portion shall be considered inert matter. Remove all weed and other crop seeds and other inert matter (stems, leaves, dirt) from the heavy portion and add them to the weed seed, other crop seed, or inert matter separations, as appropriate. The remainder of the heavy portion shall be considered pure seed.

(b) The Multiple Unit Procedure of determining the pure seed fraction shall be used only for the kinds included in the following table when multiple units are present in a sample. These methods are applicable to the kinds listed when they occur in mixtures or singly. Any single unit without attached structures, as described below, shall be considered a single unit. Multiple units and single units for the kinds listed shall remain intact. The attached glumes and fertile or sterile florets shall not be removed from the fertile floret.

(1) A multiple unit is a seed unit that includes one or more structures as follows (the length of the awn shall be disregarded when determining the length of a fertile floret or an attached structure):

(i) An attached sterile or fertile floret that extends to or beyond the tip of a fertile floret;

(ii) A fertile floret with basally attached glume, glumes, or basally attached sterile floret of any length;

(iii) A fertile floret with two or more attached sterile and/or fertile florets of any length.

(2) Procedure for determination of multiple units:

(i) For the single kind: determine the percentage of single units present, based on the total weight of single units and multiple units. Apply the appropriate factor, as determined from the following table, to the weight of the multiple units and add that portion of the multiple unit weight to the weight of the single units. The remaining multiple unit weight shall be added to the weight of the inert matter.

(ii) For mixtures that include one or more of the kinds in the following table, determine the percentage of single units, based on the total weight of single units and multiple units, for each kind. Apply the appropriate factor as determined from the following table, to the weight of multiple units of each kind.

Table of Factors To Apply to Multiple Unitsa

Percent of
single units of
each kind
Crested
wheat-grassb
Pubescent
wheat-grass
Intermediate
wheat-grass
Tall
wheat-grassc
Western
wheat-grassc
Smooth
brome
50 or below70667272
50.01-55.0072677474
55.01-60.0073677575
60.01-65.0074677676
65.01-70.007568776078
70.01-75.007668786679
75.01-80.00776979506781
80.01-85.00786980556882
85.01-90.00796981657083
90.01-100.00797082707485

aThe factors represent the percentages of the multiple unit weights which are considered pure seed. The remaining percentage is regarded as inert matter.

bIncludes both standard crested wheatgrass and fairway crested wheatgrass.

cDashes in table indicate that no factors are available at the levels shown.

[59 FR 64498, Dec. 14, 1994, as amended at 85 FR 40581, July 7, 2020]

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§201.51b   Purity procedures for coated seed.

(a) The working sample for coated seed is obtained as described in §201.46(d) (1) and (2), and weighed in grams to four significant figures.

(b) Any loose coating material shall be sieved, weighed, and included with the inert matter component.

(c) Coating material is removed from the seed by washing with water or other solvents such as, but not limited to, dilute sodium hydroxide (NaOH). Use of fine mesh sieves is recommended for this procedure, and stirring or shaking the coated units may be necessary to obtain de-coated seed.

(d) Spread de-coated seed on blotters or filter paper in a shallow container. Air dry overnight at room temperature.

(e) Separation of component parts:

(1) Kind or variety considered pure seed.

(2) Other crop seed.

(3) Inert matter.

(4) Weed seed.

(f) The de-coated seed shall be separated into four components in accordance with §§201.48 through 201.51. §§201.51a (a) and (b) shall not be followed. The weight of the coating material is determined by subtracting the sum of the weights of the other four components from the original weight of the working sample. The percentage of coating material shall be included with the inert matter percentage. Calculate percentages of all components based on the original weight of the working sample (see paragraph (a) of this section).

[59 FR 64499, Dec. 14, 1994]

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§201.52   Noxious-weed seeds.

(a) The determination of the number of seeds, bulblets, or tubers of individual noxious weeds present per unit weight should be made on at least the minimum quantities listed in §201.46 Table 1: Provided, That if the following indicated numbers of a single kind of seed, bulblet, or tuber are found in the pure seed analysis (or noxious-weed seed examination of a like amount) the occurrence of that kind in the remainder of the bulk examined for noxious-weed seeds need not be noted: 12 -gram purity working sample, 16 or more seeds; 1-gram purity working sample, 23 or more seeds; 2-gram purity working sample or larger, 30 or more seeds. The seeds per unit weight shall be based on the number of single seeds. The number of individual seeds shall be determined in burs of sandbur (Cenchrus spp.) and cocklebur (Xanthium spp.); in capsules of dodder (Cuscuta spp.); in berries of groundcherry, horsenettle, and nightshade (Solanaceae); and in the fruits of other noxious weeds that contain more than one seed. Refer to §§201.50 and 201.51(b)(4) for the classification of weed seeds and inert matter, respectively.

(b) A noxious-weed seed examination of coated seed samples shall be made by examining approximately 25,000 units obtained in accordance with §201.46(d) and which have been de-coated by the method described in §201.51b(c).

[59 FR 64499, Dec. 14, 1994]

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germination tests in the administration of the act

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§201.53   Source of seeds for germination.

(a) When both purity and germination tests are required, seeds for germination shall be taken from the separation of the kind, variety, or type considered pure seed and shall be counted without discrimination as to size or appearance.

(b) When only a germination test is required and the pure seed is estimated or determined to be at least 98 percent, the pure seed for the germination test may be taken indiscriminately from a representative portion of the bulk.

(c) When only a germination test is required and the pure seed is found to be less than 98 percent, the seed for the test shall be obtained by separating the sample into two components as follows: (1) Pure seed and (2) other crop seed, weed seed, and inert matter. In making this separation at least 14 of the quantity required for a regular purity analysis shall be used. The whole sample must be well mixed and divided in such a manner as to get a completely representative subsample.

[10 FR 9952, Aug. 11, 1945, as amended at 20 FR 7931, Oct. 21, 1955]

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§201.54   Number of seeds for germination.

At least 400 seeds shall be tested for germination; except that in mixtures, 200 seeds of each of those kinds present to the extent of 15 percent or less may be used in lieu of 400, in which case an additional 2 percent is to be added to the regular germination tolerances. The seeds shall be tested in replicate tests of 100 seeds or less.

[59 FR 64500, Dec. 14, 1994]

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§201.55   Retests.

Retests shall be made as follows:

(a) When the range of 100-seed replicates of a given test exceeds the maximum tolerated range in the table appearing in this section.

Table of Maximum Tolerated Ranges Between 100-Seed Replicates for Use in Connection With §201.55(A)

Average percent germinationsMaximum allowed
between replicates
      4
replicates
2
replicates
9925
9836
97476
96586
95697
947108
938108
929119
9110119
9011129
89121210
88131310
87141311
86151411
85161411
84171411
83181512
82191512
81201512
80211613
79221613
78231613
77241713
76251713
75261714
74271714
73281714
72291814
71301814
70311814
69321814
68331815
67341815
66351915
65361915
64371915
63381915
62381915
61401915
60411915
59421915
58431915
57441915
56451915
55462015
54472016
53482016
52482016
51502016

(b) When at the time of the prescribed final count there are indications, such as presence of firm ungerminated seeds, that a satisfactory germination has not been obtained;

(c) When there is evidence that the results may not be reliable due to improper test conditions, errors in seedling evaluation, the presence of fungi or bacteria, or inaccuracies in counting or recording results;

(d) When a sample shows seedling injury or abnormality as a result of chemical treatment, of exposure to chemicals, or of toxicity from any source. (Retest shall be made in soil or a mixture of soil and sand);

(e) When no two satisfactory tests are within tolerance.

Note to §201.55: To find the maximum tolerated range, compute the average percentage of all 100 seed replicates of a given test, rounding off the result to the nearest whole number. The germination is found in the first two columns of the table. When the differences between highest and lowest replicates do not exceed the corresponding values found in the “4 replicates” column, no additional testing is required. However, if the differences exceed the values in the “4 replicates” column, retesting is necessary.

[25 FR 8771, Sept. 13, 1960, as amended at 65 FR 1707, Jan. 11, 2000]

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§201.55a   Moisture and aeration of substratum.

(a) The substratum must be moist enough to supply the needed moisture to the seeds at all times. Excessive moisture which will restrict aeration of the seeds should be avoided. Except as provided for those kinds of seeds requiring high moisture levels of the germination media, the substrata should never be so wet that a film of water is formed around the seeds. For most kinds of seeds blotters or other paper substrata should not be so wet that by pressing, a film of water forms around the finger.

(b) The following formula may be used as a guide in the preparation of sand for germination tests:

[118.3 cc. (1 gill) sand/Its weight in grams] × 20.2−8.0 = The number of cc. of water to add to each 100 grams of air-dry sand.

(c) The amount of water provided by this formula is satisfactory for seeds the size of clovers and will have to be modified slightly, depending on the kind of seed being tested and the kind of sand used. For example, slightly more moisture should be added when the larger seeds are to be tested.

(d) In preparing soil tests water should be added to the soil until it can be formed into a ball when squeezed in the palm of the hand but will break freely when pressed between two fingers. After the soil has been moistened it should be rubbed through a sieve and put in the seed containers without packing.

(e) The addition of water subsequent to placing the seed in test will depend on the evaporation from the substrata in the germination chambers. Since the rate of evaporation will depend upon the relative humidity of the air, it is desirable to keep water in the germination chambers or to provide other means of supplying a relative humidity of approximately 95 percent. Germination tests should be observed at frequent intervals to insure an adequate moisture supply of the substrata at all times.

[20 FR 7931, Oct. 21, 1955]

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§201.56   Interpretation.

(a) A seed shall be considered to have germinated when it has developed those essential structures which, for the kind of seed under consideration, are indicative of its ability to produce a normal plant under favorable conditions. In general, the following are considered to be essential structures necessary for the continued development of the seedling (although some structures may not be visible in all kinds at the time of seedling evaluation). Seedlings possessing these essential structures are referred to as normal seedlings: Root system (consisting of primary, secondary, seminal, or adventitious roots); hypocotyl; epicotyl; cotyledon(s); terminal bud; primary leaves; and coleoptile and mesocotyl (in the grass family). Abnormal seedlings consist of those with defects to these structures, as described in the abnormal seedling descriptions, and are judged to be incapable of continued growth. The seedling descriptions assume that test conditions were adequate to allow proper assessment of the essential seedling structures.

(b) Sand and/or soil tests may be used as a guide in determining the classification of questionable seedlings and the evaluation of germination tests made on approved artificial media. This is intended to provide a method of checking the reliability of tests made on artificial substrata when there may be doubt as to the proper evaluation of such tests.

(c) Seedlings infected with fungi or bacteria should be regarded as normal if all essential structures are present. A seedling that has been seriously damaged by bacteria or fungi from any source other than the specific seed should be regarded as normal if it is determined that all essential structures were present before the injury or damage occurred. Germination counts should be made on samples where contamination and decay are present at approximately 2-day intervals between the usual first count and the final count. During the progress of the germination test, seeds which are obviously dead and moldy and which may be a source of contamination of healthy seeds should be removed at each count and the number of such dead seeds should be recorded. When symptoms of certain diseases develop which can be readily recognized and identified, their presence should be noted.

(d) Seed units containing more than one seed or embryo, such as New Zealand spinach seed, Beta seed, double fruits of the carrot family (Apiaceae), multiple seeds of burnet, and seed units of grasses consisting of multiple florets, shall be tested as a single seed and shall be regarded as having germinated if they produce one or more normal seedlings.

(e) Standard guides for seedling interpretation shall include the following descriptions for specific kinds and groups. The “General Description” for each group of crop kinds describes a seedling without defects. While such a seedling is clearly normal, seedlings with some defects may also be classified as normal, provided the defects do not impair the functioning of the structure. The “Abnormal seedling description” is to be followed when judging the severity of defects.

[20 FR 7931, Oct. 21, 1955, as amended at 25 FR 8771, Sept. 13, 1960; 59 FR 64500, Dec. 14, 1994; 85 FR 40581, July 7, 2020]

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§201.56-1   Goosefoot family, Chenopodiaceae, and Carpetweed family, Aizoaceae.

Kinds of seed: Beet, Swiss chard, fourwing saltbush, spinach, New Zealand spinach, and forage kochia.

(a) General description.

(1) Germination habit: Epigeal dicot.

(2) Food reserves: Leaf-like cotyledons and perisperm.

(3) Shoot system: The hypocotyl elongates carrying the cotyledons above the soil surface. The epicotyl usually does not show any development within the test period.

(4) Root system: A primary root; secondary roots may develop within the test period.

(5) Seedling: Frequent counts should be made on multigerm beet since the growing seedlings will separate from the cluster making it difficult to identify the source. Any cluster which produces at least one normal seedling is classified as normal; only one normal seedling per cluster is to be counted (see §201.56(d)). Toxic substances from the clusters of beet and Swiss chard may cause discoloring of the hypocotyl and/or root. Seedlings which are slightly discolored are to be classified as normal; however, if there is excessive discoloration, retest by the method in §201.58(b)(3).

(b) Abnormal seedling description.

(1) Cotyledons:

(i) Less than half of the original cotyledon tissue remaining attached.

(ii) Less than half of the original cotyledon tissue free of necrosis or decay.

(2) Epicotyl:

(i) Missing. (May be assumed to be present if cotyledons are intact.)

(ii) [Reserved]

(3) Hypocotyl:

(i) Deep open cracks extending into the conducting tissue.

(ii) Malformed, such as markedly shortened, curled, or thickened.

(iii) Watery.

(4) Root:

(i) None.

(ii) Weak, stubby, or missing primary root with weak secondary or adventitious roots.

(iii) For discolored roots of beet and Swiss chard, see §201.58(b)(3).

(5) Seedling:

(i) One or more essential structures impaired as a result of decay from primary infection. (For discolored seedlings of beet and Swiss chard, see §201.58(b)(3).)

(ii) Albino.

[59 FR 64500, Dec. 14, 1994]

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§201.56-2   Sunflower family, Asteraceae (Compositae).

Kinds of seed: Artichoke, cardoon, chicory, dandelion, endive, great burdock, lettuce, safflower, salsify, Louisiana sagewort, and sunflower.

(a) Lettuce.

(1) General description.

(i) Germination habit: Epigeal dicot.

(ii) Food reserves: Cotyledons which expand and become thin, leaf-like, and photosynthetic. The cotyledons of some varieties develop elongated petioles.

(iii) Shoot system: The hypocotyl elongates and carries the cotyledons above the soil surface. The epicotyl usually does not show any development within the test period.

(iv) Root system: A long primary root.

(v) Seedling: The interpretations of lettuce seedlings are made only at the end of the test period.

(2) Abnormal seedling description.

(i) Cotyledons:

(A) Less than half of the original cotyledon tissue remaining attached.

(B) Less than half of the original cotyledon tissue free of necrosis or decay. (Remove attached seed coat for evaluation of cotyledons. Physiological necrosis is manifested by discolored areas on the cotyledons and should not be confused with natural pigmentation of some lettuce varieties.)

(ii) Epicotyl:

(A) Missing. (May be assumed to be present if cotyledons are intact.)

(B) Any degree of necrosis or decay.

(iii) Hypocotyl:

(A) Deep open cracks extending into the conducting tissue.

(B) Severely twisted or grainy.

(C) Watery.

(iv) Root:

(A) Stubby or missing primary root. (Secondary roots will not compensate for a defective primary root.)

(B) Primary root tip blunt, swollen, or discolored. (Toxic materials in the substratum may cause short, blunt roots; see §201.58(a)(9).)

(C) Primary root with splits or lesions.

(v) Seedling:

(A) Swollen cotyledons associated with extremely short or vestigial hypocotyl and root.

(B) One or more essential structures impaired as a result of decay from primary infection.

(C) Albino.

(b) Other kinds in the sunflower family: Artichoke, cardoon, chicory, dandelion, endive, great burdock, safflower, salsify, Louisiana sagewort, and sunflower.

(1) General description.

(i) Germination habit: Epigeal dicot.

(ii) Food reserves: Cotyledons which expand and become thin, leaf-like, and photosynthetic.

(iii) Shoot system: The hypocotyl elongates and carries the cotyledons above the soil surface. The epicotyl usually does not show any development within the test period.

(iv) Root system: A long primary root with secondary roots usually developing within the test period.

(2) Abnormal seedling description.

(i) Cotyledons:

(A) Less than half of the original cotyledon tissue remaining attached.

(B) Less than half of the original cotyledon tissue free of necrosis or decay. (Remove any attached seed coats at the end of the test period for evaluation of cotyledons.)

(ii) Epicotyl:

(A) Missing. (May be assumed to be present if cotyledons are intact.)

(B) [Reserved]

(iii) Hypocotyl:

(A) Deep open cracks extending into the conducting tissue.

(B) Malformed, such as markedly shortened, curled, or thickened.

(C) Watery.

(iv) Root:

(A) None.

(B) Weak, stubby, or missing primary root with weak secondary or adventitious roots. (Seedlings with roots bound within tough seed coats should be left in the test until the final count to allow for development.)

(v) Seedling:

(A) One or more essential structures impaired as a result of decay from primary infection.

(B) Albino.

[59 FR 64500, Dec. 14, 1994]

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§201.56-3   Mustard family, Brassicaceae (Cruciferae).

Kinds of seed: Broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, Chinese cabbage, cauliflower, collards, garden cress, upland cress, water cress, kale, Chinese kale, Siberian kale, kohlrabi, mustard, pakchoi, radish, rape, rutabaga, and turnip.

(a) General description.

(1) Germination habit: Epigeal dicot.

(2) Food reserves: Cotyledons which expand and become thin, leaf-like and photosynthetic. In Brassica, Sinapis, and Raphanus, the cotyledons are bi-lobed and folded, with the outer cotyledon being larger than the inner.

(3) Shoot system: The hypocotyl elongates and carries the cotyledons above the soil surface; the epicotyl usually does not show any development within the test period.

(4) Root system: A long primary root.

(b) Abnormal seedling description.

(1) Cotyledons:

(i) Decayed at point of attachment.

(ii) Less than half of the original cotyledon tissue remaining attached.

(iii) Less than half of the original cotyledon tissue free of necrosis or decay.

(2) Epicotyl:

(i) Missing. (May be assumed to be present if the cotyledons are intact.)

(ii) [Reserved]

(3) Hypocotyl:

(i) Deep open cracks extending into the conducting tissue.

(ii) Malformed, such as markedly shortened, curled, or thickened.

(iii) Watery.

(4) Root:

(i) Weak, stubby, or missing primary root. (Secondary roots will not compensate for a defective root.)

(ii) [Reserved]

(5) Seedling:

(i) One or more essential structures impaired as result of decay from primary infection.

(ii) Albino.

[59 FR 64501, Dec. 14, 1994]

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§201.56-4   Cucurbit family, (Cucurbitaceae).

Kinds of seed: Citron, cucumber, West India gherkin, melon, pumpkin, squash, and watermelon.

(a) General description.

(1) Germination habit: Epigeal dicot.

(2) Food reserves: Cotyledons which are large and fleshy; they expand, become photosynthetic, and usually persist beyond the seedling stage.

(3) Shoot system: The hypocotyl elongates and the cotyledons are pulled free of the seed coat, which often adheres to a peg-like appendage at the base of the hypocotyl. The epicotyl usually does not show any development within the test period.

(4) Root system: A long primary root with numerous secondary roots.

(b) Abnormal seedling description.

(1) Cotyledons:

(i) Less than half of the original cotyledon tissue remaining attached.

(ii) Less than half of the original cotyledon tissue free of necrosis or decay. (Remove any attached seed coats at the end of the test period for evaluation of cotyledons.)

(2) Epicotyl:

(i) Missing. (May be assumed to be present if the cotyledons are intact.)

(ii) [Reserved]

(3) Hypocotyl:

(i) Deep open cracks extending into the conducting tissue.

(ii) Malformed, such as markedly shortened, curled, or thickened.

(4) Root:

(i) None.

(ii) Weak, stubby, or missing primary root, with less than two strong secondary or adventitious roots.

(5) Seedling:

(i) One or more essential structures impaired as a result of decay from primary infection.

(ii) Albino.

[59 FR 64501, Dec. 14, 1994]

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§201.56-5   Grass family, Poaceae (Gramineae).

Kinds of seed: Bentgrasses, bluegrasses, bluestems, bromes, cereals, fescues, millets, orchardgrass, redtop, ryegrasses, sorghums, timothy, turf timothy, wheatgrasses, and all other grasses listed in §201.2(h).

(a) Cereals: Agrotricum, barley, oat, rye, mountain rye, wheat, wheat × agrotricum, and triticale.

(1) General description.

(i) Germination habit: Hypogeal monocot.

(ii) Food reserves: Endosperm. The scutellum is a modified cotyledon which is in direct contact with the endosperm. During germination the scutellum remains inside the seed to absorb nutrients from the endosperm and transfer them to the growing seedling.

(iii) Shoot system: The shoot consists of the coleoptile, leaves enclosed in the coleoptile, and the mesocotyl. The coleoptile elongates and pushes through the soil surface; the mesocotyl may elongate depending on the variety and light intensity, but may not be discernible. Splitting of the coleoptile occurs naturally as a result of growth and emergence of the leaves.

(iv) Root system: A primary root and seminal roots. The primary root is not readily distinguishable from the seminal roots; therefore, all roots arising from the seed are referred to as seminal roots.

(2) Abnormal seedling description.

(i) Shoot:

(A) Missing.

(B) No leaf.

(C) Leaf extending less than halfway up into the coleoptile.

(D) Leaf extensively shredded or split.

(E) Spindly or watery.

(F) Grainy, spirally twisted, shredded, and weak.

(G) Deep open cracks in the mesocotyl.

(ii) Root:

(A) Less than one strong seminal root.

(B) [Reserved]

(iii) Seedling:

(A) Decayed at point of attachment to the scutellum.

(B) One or more essential structures impaired as a result of decay from primary infection.

(C) Albino.

(D) Endosperm obviously detached from the root-shoot axis (e.g. kernel lifted away by the growing shoot).

(E) Thickened and shortened roots and/or shoots.

(b) Rice.

(1) General description.

(i) Germination habit: Hypogeal monocot.

(ii) Food reserves: Endosperm. The scutellum is a modified cotyledon which is in direct contact with the endosperm. During germination the scutellum remains inside the seed to absorb nutrients from the endosperm and transfer them to the growing seedling.

(iii) Shoot system: The shoot consists of the coleoptile, leaves enclosed in the coleoptile, and the mesocotyl. The coleoptile elongates and pushes through the soil or water surface; the mesocotyl may elongate depending on the variety and environmental conditions. Splitting of the coleoptile occurs naturally as a result of growth and emergence of the leaves.

(iv) Root system: Strong primary root and seminal roots. Adventitious roots may start to develop from the mesocotyl or coleoptilar node within the test period. If the mesocotyl elongates, the adventitious roots will be carried above the grain.

(2) Abnormal seedling description.

(i) Shoot:

(A) Missing.

(B) No leaf.

(C) Leaf extending less than halfway up into the coleoptile.

(D) Leaf extensively shredded or split.

(E) Spindly or watery.

(F) Deep open cracks in the mesocotyl.

(ii) Root:

(A) None.

(B) Weak primary root with insufficient seminal or adventitious roots.

(iii) Seedling:

(A) Decayed at point of attachment to the scutellum.

(B) One or more essential structures impaired as a result of decay from primary infection.

(C) Albino.

(c) Corn.

(1) General description.

(i) Germination habit: Hypogeal monocot.

(ii) Food reserves: Endosperm. The scutellum is a modified cotyledon which is in direct contact with the endosperm. During germination the scutellum remains inside the seed to absorb nutrients from the endosperm and transfer them to the growing seedling.

(iii) Shoot system: The shoot consists of the coleoptile, leaves enclosed in the coleoptile, and the mesocotyl. The coleoptile elongates and pushes through the soil surface. The mesocotyl usually elongates. Splitting of the coleoptile occurs naturally as a result of growth and emergence of the leaves. A twisted and curled shoot bound by a tough seed coat may be considered normal, provided the shoot is not decayed.

(iv) Root system: Strong primary root and seminal roots. Adventitious roots may start to develop from the mesocotyl or coleoptilar node within the test period.

(2) Abnormal seedling description.

(i) Shoot:

(A) Missing.

(B) Thickened and shortened.

(C) No leaf.

(D) Leaf extending less than halfway up into the coleoptile.

(E) Leaf extensively shredded or split.

(F) Spindly or watery.

(G) Deep open cracks in the mesocotyl.

(ii) Root:

(A) None.

(B) Weak, stubby, or missing primary root with weak seminal roots.

(iii) Seedling:

(A) Decayed at point of attachment to the scutellum.

(B) One or more essential structures impaired as a result of decay from primary infection.

(C) Albino.

(d) Johnsongrass, sorghum, sorgrass, sorghum almum, sudangrass, and sorghum-sudangrass.

(1) General description.

(i) Germination habit: Hypogeal monocot.

(ii) Food reserves: Endosperm. The scutellum is a modified cotyledon which is in direct contact with endosperm. During germination the scutellum remains inside the seed to absorb nutrients from the endosperm and transfer them to the growing seedling.

(iii) Shoot system: The shoot consists of the coleoptile, leaves enclosed in the coleoptile, and the mesocotyl. The coleoptile elongates and pushes through the soil surface; the mesocotyl usually elongates. Areas of natural, reddish pigmentation may develop on the mesocotyl and coleoptile. Splitting of the coleoptile occurs naturally as a result of growth and emergence of the leaves.

(iv) Root system: A long primary root, usually with secondary roots developing within the test period. Adventitious roots may start to develop from the mesocotyl or coleoptilar node within the test period. Areas of natural, reddish pigmentation may develop on the root.

(2) Abnormal seedling description.

(i) Shoot:

(A) Missing.

(B) Thickened and shortened.

(C) No leaf.

(D) Leaf extending less than halfway up into the coleoptile.

(E) Leaf extensively shredded or split.

(F) Spindly or watery.

(G) Deep open cracks in the mesocotyl.

(ii) Root:

(A) None.

(B) Damaged or weak primary root with less than two strong secondary roots.

(iii) Seedling:

(A) Decayed at point of attachment to the scutellum.

(B) One or more essential structures impaired as a result of decay from primary infection.

(C) Albino.

(e) Grasses and millets.

(1) General description.

(i) Germination habit: Hypogeal monocot.

(ii) Food reserves: Endosperm. The scutellum is a modified cotyledon which is in direct contact with the endosperm. During germination the scutellum remains inside the seed to absorb nutrients from the endosperm and transfer them to the growing seedling.

(iii) Shoot system: The shoot consists of the coleoptile, leaves enclosed in the coleoptile, and the mesocotyl. The coleoptile elongates and pushes through the soil surface. The mesocotyl may or may not elongate significantly, depending on the kind. Splitting of the coleoptile occurs naturally as a result of growth and emergence of the leaves.

(iv) Root system: A long primary root. Secondary or adventitious roots may develop within the test period. In certain kinds (e.g. bermudagrass) the primary root may not be readily visible because it is coiled inside the tightly fitting lemma and palea. At the time of evaluation, the glumes should be removed and the root observed. Such seedlings are classified as normal if the primary root has developed. For Kentucky bluegrass, a primary root 116 inch (1.6 mm) or more in length is classified as normal.

(2) Abnormal seedling description.

(i) Shoot:

(A) Missing.

(B) Short, thick, and grainy.

(C) No leaf.

(D) Leaf extending less than halfway up into the coleoptile.

(E) Leaf extensively shredded or split.

(F) Spindly or watery.

(G) Deep open cracks in the mesocotyl.

(ii) Root:

(A) Missing or defective primary root even if other roots are present.

(B) Spindly, stubby, or watery primary root.

(iii) Seedling:

(A) Decayed at point of attachment to the scutellum.

(B) One or more essential structures impaired as a result of decay from primary infection.

(C) Albino.

(D) Yellow (when grown in light).

(E) Endosperm obviously detached from the root-shoot axis (e.g. kernel lifted away by the growing shoot).

[59 FR 64501, Dec. 14, 1994, as amended at 65 FR 1708, Jan. 11, 2000]

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§201.56-6   Legume or pea family, Fabaceae (Leguminosae).

Kinds of seed: Alfalfa, alyceclover, asparagusbean, beans (Phaseolus spp.), Florida beggarweed, black medic, broadbean, burclovers, buttonclover, chickpea, clovers (Trifolium spp.), cowpea, crotalarias, crownvetch, guar, hairy indigo, kudzu, lentil, lespedezas, lupines, northern sweetvetch, peas, peanut, roughpea, sainfoin, sesbania, sourclover, soybean, sweetclovers, trefoils, velvetbean, and vetches.

(a) Field bean, garden bean, lima bean, mung bean, asparagusbean, and cowpea.

(1) General description.

(i) Germination habit: Epigeal dicot.

(ii) Food reserves: Cotyledons which are large and fleshy.

(iii) Shoot system: The hypocotyl elongates and carries the cotyledons above the soil surface. The epicotyl elongates, causing the terminal bud to emerge from between the cotyledons; the primary leaves expand rapidly.

(iv) Root system: A long primary root with secondary roots.

(2) Abnormal seedling description.

(i) Cotyledons:

(A) For garden bean (Phaseolus vulgaris in part), remove any attached seed coats at the end of the test period for evaluation of cotyledons:

(1) Less than half of the original cotyledon tissue remaining attached.

(2) Less than half of the original cotyledon tissue free of necrosis or decay.

(B) All other kinds:

(1) Both missing and the seedling generally weak.

(2) [Reserved]

(ii) Epicotyl:

(A) Missing.

(B) Deep open cracks.

(C) Malformed, such as markedly curled or thickened.

(D) Less than one primary leaf.

(E) Primary leaves too small in proportion to the rest of the seedling, usually associated with visible defects of, or damage to, the main stem of the epicotyl.

(F) Terminal bud missing or damaged. (If a few seedlings with total or partial decay to the epicotyl are found, they may be classified as normal, provided the hypocotyl and root are normal. The epicotyl on such seedlings usually does not decay when grown in a fairly dry environment and exposed to light. A retest, preferably in soil or sand, will aid in interpretation of such seedlings.)

(iii) Hypocotyl:

(A) Deep open cracks extending into the conducting tissue. (A healed break, sometimes referred to as a “knee,” is considered normal.)

(B) Malformed, such as markedly shortened, curled, or thickened. (Hypocotyl stunting or curling may be caused by seedling orientation or constriction on or in the substratum.) (Hypocotyl collar rot is the breakdown of hypocotyl tissue initially characterized by a watery appearance and collapse of the hypocotyl below the cotyledonary node. The area later becomes discolored, shrivelled, and necrotic. The condition is caused by insufficient calcium available to the seedling. If hypocotyl collar rot is observed on seedlings of garden bean, the sample involved shall be retested in accordance with §201.58(b)(12).)

(iv) Root:

(A) None.

(B) Weak, stubby, or missing primary root with weak secondary or adventitious roots. (A root bound within a tough seed coat is considered normal.)

(v) Seedling:

(A) One or more essential structures impaired as the result of decay from primary infection. (Secondary infection is common in towel and blotter tests. Some pathogens, such as Fusarium, Phomopsis, and Rhizoctonia, can spread through the substratum and infect seedlings some distance away from the primary source. Seedlings with secondary infection are to be classified as normal. A retest in sand or soil may be advisable.)

(B) Albino.

(b) Adzuki bean, broadbean, chickpea, field pea, lentil, pea, roughpea, runner bean, velvetbean, and vetches.

(1) General description.

(i) Germination habit: Hypogeal dicot.

(ii) Food reserves: Cotyledons which are large and fleshy, and remain enclosed within the seed coat beneath the soil surface. They are usually not photosynthetic.

(iii) Shoot system: The epicotyl elongates and carries the terminal bud and primary leaves above the soil surface. The stem bears one or more scale leaves and, prior to emergence, is arched near the apex, causing the terminal bud to be pulled through the soil; after emergence, the stem straightens. For practical purposes, the hypocotyl is not discernible and is not an evaluation factor. Buds in the axils of each cotyledon and scale leaf usually remain dormant unless the terminal bud is seriously damaged. In this case, one or more axillary buds may start to develop into a shoot. If the axillary shoot is well-developed, it may be considered normal.

(iv) Root system: A long primary root with secondary roots.

(2) Abnormal seedling description.

(i) Cotyledons:

(A) Less than half of the original tissue remaining attached.

(B) Less than half of the original tissue free of necrosis or decay.

(ii) Epicotyl:

(A) Missing.

(B) Less than one primary leaf.

(C) Malformed such as markedly shortened, curled, or thickened.

(D) Severely damaged (e.g. terminal bud missing or damaged) with only a weak shoot developing from the axil of a cotyledon or scale leaf.

(E) Two weak and spindly shoots.

(F) Deep open cracks extending into the conducting tissue.

(iii) Root:

(A) None.

(B) Weak, stubby, or missing primary root with weak secondary roots.

(iv) Seedlings:

(A) One or more essential structures impaired as a result of decay from primary infection. (Secondary infection is common in towel and blotter tests. Some pathogens can spread through the substratum and infect seedlings some distance away from the primary source. Seedlings with secondary infection are classified as normal. A retest in sand or soil may be advisable.)

(B) Albino.

(c) Soybean and lupine.

(1) General description.

(i) Germination habit: Epigeal dicot.

(ii) Food reserves: Cotyledons, which are large and fleshy; they expand and become photosynthetic.

(iii) Shoot system: The hypocotyl elongates and carries the cotyledons above the soil surface. The primary leaves usually increase in size and the epicotyl may elongate within the test period.

(iv) Root system: A long primary root with secondary roots.

(2) Abnormal seedling description.

(i) Cotyledons:

(A) Less than half of the original cotyledon tissue remaining attached.

(B) Less than half of the original cotyledon tissue free of necrosis or decay.

(ii) Epicotyl:

(A) Missing.

(B) Less than one primary leaf.

(C) Deep open cracks.

(D) Terminal bud damaged, missing, or decayed. (If a few seedlings with partial decay of the epicotyl are found, they may be classified as normal, provided the hypocotyl and root are normal. The epicotyl on such seedlings usually does not decay when grown in a fairly dry environment and is exposed to light. A retest, preferably in soil or sand, will aid in interpretation of such seedlings.)

(iii) Hypocotyl:

(A) Deep open cracks extending into the conducting tissue. (Adventitious roots may occur at the site of injury, particularly on the hypocotyl and near the base of the cotyledons. The seedling is classified as normal if the injury is healed over and other essential structures are normal.)

(B) Malformed, such as markedly shortened, curled, or thickened. (Hypocotyl development is slow until the roots start functioning. Caution should be exercised to ensure slow seedlings are not classified as abnormal. Hypocotyl stunting or curling also may be caused by seedling orientation or constriction on or in the substratum.)

(iv) Root:

(A) None.

(B) Weak, stubby, or missing primary root with weak secondary or adventitious roots. (Roots of seedlings on “Kimpak” with insufficient moisture may not become established and hypocotyl elongation may appear to be abnormal. There may be curling of the root and hypocotyl. When a number of seedlings are observed with this condition, the sample should be retested.)

(v) Seedlings:

(A) One or more essential structures impaired as a result of decay from primary infection. (Secondary infection is common in towel and blotter tests. Some pathogens, such as Fusarium, Phomopsis, and Rhizoctonia, can spread through the substratum and infect seedlings some distance away from the primary source. Seedlings with secondary infection are to be classified as normal. A retest in sand or soil may be advisable.)

(B) Albino.

(d) Peanut.

(1) General description.

(i) Germination habit: Epigeal dicot.

(ii) Food reserves: Cotyledons, which are large and fleshy.

(iii) Shoot system: The cotyledons are carried to the soil surface by the hypocotyl which is very thick, narrowing abruptly at the root. Elongation of the hypocotyl stops when the epicotyl is exposed to light at the soil surface. The primary leaves are compound and usually expand during the test period.

(iv) Root system: A long primary root with secondary roots. Adventitious roots develop from the base of the hypocotyl if the primary root is damaged.

(2) Abnormal seedling description.

(i) Cotyledons:

(A) Less than half of the original cotyledon tissue remaining attached.

(B) Less than half of the original cotyledon tissue free of necrosis or decay.

(ii) Epicotyl:

(A) Missing.

(B) Less than one primary leaf.

(C) Deep open cracks.

(D) Terminal bud damaged, missing, or decayed.

(iii) Hypocotyl:

(A) Deep open cracks extending into the conducting tissue.

(B) Malformed, such as markedly shortened or curled. (Hypocotyls remain somewhat thickened and may appear to be stunted. Light, depth of planting, and substratum moisture all contribute to the length of the hypocotyl. Hypocotyl stunting or curling may be caused by seedling orientation or constriction in the substratum. Seedlings planted in a soil test with the radicle too close to the surface may send roots above the soil and appear to exhibit negative geotropism and a distorted, U-shaped hypocotyl.

(iv) Root:

(A) None.

(B) Weak, stubby, or missing primary root with weak secondary or adventitious roots.

(v) Seedling:

(A) One or more essential structures impaired as a result of primary infection.

(B) Albino.

(e) Alfalfa, alyceclover, Florida beggarweed, black medic, burclovers, buttonclover, milkvetch, clovers, crotalarias, crownvetch, guar, hairy indigo, kudzu, lespedezas, northern sweetvetch, sainfoin, sesbania, sourclover, sweetclovers, and trefoils.

(1) General description.

(i) Germination habit: Epigeal dicot.

(ii) Food reserve: Cotyledons, which are small and fleshy; they expand and become photosynthetic. The cotyledons of sub clover develop elongated petioles.

(iii) Shoot system: The hypocotyl elongates and carries the cotyledons above the soil surface. The epicotyl usually does not show any development within the test period.

(iv) Root system: A long, tapering primary root, usually with root hairs. Secondary roots may or may not develop within the test period, depending on the kind.

(2) Abnormal seedling description.

(i) Cotyledons:

(A) Less than half of the original cotyledon tissue remaining attached. (Breaks at the point of attachment of the cotyledons to the hypocotyl are common in seeds which have been mechanically damaged. It is important that seedlings not be removed during preliminary counts unless development is sufficient to allow the conditions of the cotyledons to be determined. If the point of attachment of the cotyledons cannot be seen at the end of the test, the seed coat should be peeled back to determine whether a break has occurred.)

(B) Less than half of the original cotyledon tissue free of necrosis or decay.

(ii) Epicotyl:

(A) Missing. (May be assumed to be present if both cotyledons are intact.)

(B) [Reserved]

(iii) Hypocotyl:

(A) Deep open cracks extending into the conducting tissue.

(B) Malformed, such as markedly shortened, curled, or thickened. (Seedlings of sainfoin which have been constricted by growing through the netting of the pod, but which are otherwise normal, are classified as normal.)

(C) Weak and watery.

(iv) Root:

(A) None.

(B) Primary root stubby. (The roots of sweetclovers may be stubby when grown on artificial substrata due to the presence of coumarin in the seed; since this condition usually does not occur in soil, such seedlings are classified as normal. Roots may appear stubby as a result of being bound by the seed coat; such seedlings are classified as normal. Crownvetch produces phytotoxic effects similar to sweetclovers.)

(C) Split extending into the hypocotyl.

(v) Seedling:

(A) One or more essential structures impaired as a result of decay from primary infection.

(B) Albino.

[59 FR 64503, Dec. 14, 1994, as amended at 65 FR 1708, Jan. 11, 2000]

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§201.56-7   Lily family, Liliaceae.

Kinds of seed: Asparagus, chives, leek, onion, and Welsh onion.

(a) Asparagus.

(1) General description.

(i) Germination habit: Hypogeal monocot.

(ii) Food reserves: Endosperm which is hard, semi- transparent, and non-starchy; minor reserves in the cotyledon. The endosperm surrounds the entire embryo.

(iii) Cotyledon: A single cylindrical cotyledon; following germination, all but the basal end remains embedded in the endosperm to absorb nutrients.

(iv) Shoot system: The epicotyl elongates and carries the terminal bud above the soil surface. The epicotyl may bear several small scale leaves. A short hypocotyl is barely distinguishable, joining the root to the basal end of the cotyledon. More than one shoot may arise simultaneously, and the seedling may be considered normal if at least one shoot is well- developed and has a terminal growing point, provided other essential structures are normal.

(v) Root system: A long slender primary root.

(2) Abnormal seedling description.

(i) Cotyledon:

(A) Detached from seedling.

(B) Deep open cracks at basal end.

(ii) Epicotyl:

(A) Missing.

(B) Terminal bud missing or damaged.

(C) Deep open cracks.

(D) Malformed, such as markedly shortened, curled, or thickened.

(E) Spindly.

(F) Watery.

(iii) Hypocotyl:

(A) Deep open cracks.

(B) [Reserved]

(iv) Root:

(A) No primary root.

(B) Stubby primary root with weak secondary roots.

(v) Seedling:

(A) One or more essential structures impaired as a result of decay from primary infection.

(B) Albino.

(b) Chives, leek, onion, Welsh onion.

(1) General description.

(i) Germination habit: Epigeal monocot.

(ii) Food reserves: Endosperm which is hard, semi-transparent, and non-starchy; minor reserves in the cotyledon.

(iii) Cotyledon: A single cylindrical cotyledon. The cotyledon emerges with the seed coat and endosperm attached to the tip. A sharp bend known as the “knee” forms; continued elongation of the cotyledon on each side of this knee pushes it above the soil surface. The cotyledon tip is pulled from the soil and straightens except for a slight kink which remains at the site of the knee.

(iv) Shoot system: The first foliage leaf emerges through a slit near the base of the cotyledon, but this does not usually occur during the test period. The hypocotyl is a very short transitional zone between the primary root and the cotyledon, and is not distinguishable for purposes of seedling evaluation.

(v) Root system: A long slender primary root with adventitious roots developing from the hypocotyl. The primary root does not develop secondary roots.

(2) Abnormal seedling description.

(i) Cotyledon:

(A) Short and thick.

(B) Without a definite bend or “knee”.

(C) Spindly or watery.

(ii) Epicotyl:

(A) Not observed during the test period.

(B) [Reserved]

(iii) Hypocotyl:

(A) Not evaluated.

(B) [Reserved]

(iv) Root:

(A) No primary root.

(B) Short, weak, or stubby primary root.

(v) Seedling:

(A) One or more essential structures impaired as a result of decay from primary infection.

(B) Albino.

[59 FR 64504, Dec. 14, 1994]

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§201.56-8   Flax family, Linaceae.

Kind of seed: Flax.

(a) General description.

(1) Germination habit: Epigeal dicot. (Due to the mucilaginous nature of the seed coat, seedlings germinated on blotters may adhere to the blotter and appear to be negatively geotropic.)

(2) Food reserves: Cotyledons which expand and become photosynthetic.

(3) Shoot system: The hypocotyl elongates carrying the cotyledons above the soil surface. The epicotyl usually does not show any development within the test period.

(4) Root system: A primary root, with secondary roots usually developing within the test period.

(b) Abnormal seedling description.

(1) Cotyledons:

(i) Less than half of the original cotyledon tissue remaining attached.

(ii) Less than half of the original cotyledon tissue free of necrosis or decay.

(2) Epicotyl:

(i) Missing. (May be assumed to be present if cotyledons are intact.)

(ii) [Reserved]

(3) Hypocotyl:

(i) Deep open cracks extending into the conducting tissue.

(ii) Malformed, such as markedly shortened, curled, or thickened.

(4) Root:

(i) None.

(ii) Weak, stubby, or missing primary root with weak secondary or adventitious roots.

(5) Seedling:

(i) One or more essential structures impaired as a result of decay from primary infection.

(ii) Albino.

[59 FR 64505 Dec. 14, 1994]

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§201.56-9   Mallow family, Malvaceae.

Kinds of seed: Cotton, kenaf, and okra.

(a) General description.

(1) Germination habit: Epigeal dicot.

(2) Food reserve: Cotyledons, which are convoluted in the seed; they expand and become thin, leaf-like, and photosynthetic.

(3) Shoot system: The hypocotyl elongates carrying the cotyledons above the soil surface. The epicotyl usually does not show any development within the test period. Areas of yellowish pigmentation may develop on the hypocotyl in cotton.

(4) Root system: A primary root, with secondary roots usually developing within the test period. Areas of yellowish pigmentation may develop on the root in cotton.

(b) Abnormal seedling description.

(1) Cotyledons:

(i) Less than half of the original cotyledon tissue remaining attached.

(ii) Less than half of the original cotyledon tissue free of necrosis or decay. (Remove any attached seed coats at the end of the test period for evaluation of cotyledons.)

(2) Epicotyl:

(i) Missing. (May be assumed to be present if both cotyledons are intact.)

(ii) [Reserved]

(3) Hypocotyl:

(i) Deep open cracks or grainy lesions extending into the conducting tissue.

(ii) Malformed, such as markedly shortened, curled, or thickened.

(4) Root:

(i) None.

(ii) Weak, stubby, or missing primary root with weak secondary or adventitious roots.

(5) Seedling:

(i) One or more essential structures impaired as a result of decay from primary infection. (A cotton seedling with yellowish areas on the root or hypocotyl is classified as normal, provided the cotyledons are free of infection.)

(ii) Albino.

[59 FR 64505 Dec. 14, 1994]

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§201.56-10   Spurge family, Euphorbiaceae.

Kind of seed: Castorbean.

(a) General description.

(1) Germination habit: Epigeal dicot.

(2) Food reserves: Cotyledons, which are thin and leaf-like; endosperm (fleshy food-storage organs) usually persisting in the laboratory test.

(3) Shoot system: The hypocotyl lengthens, carrying the cotyledons, endosperm, and epicotyl above the soil surface.

(4) Root system: A primary root, with secondary roots usually developing within the test period.

(b) Abnormal seedling description.

(1) Cotyledons:

(i) Less than half of the original cotyledon tissue remaining attached.

(ii) Less than half of the original cotyledon tissue free of necrosis or decay.

(2) Endosperm:

(i) Missing.

(ii) [Reserved]

(3) Epicotyl:

(i) Missing.

(ii) Damaged or missing terminal bud.

(4) Hypocotyl:

(i) Deep open cracks extending into the conducting tissue.

(ii) Malformed, such as markedly shortened, curled, or thickened.

(5) Root:

(i) None.

(ii) Weak, stubby, or missing primary root with weak secondary or adventitious roots.

(6) Seedling:

(i) One or more essential structures impaired as a result of decay from primary infection.

(ii) Albino.

[59 FR 64505 Dec. 14, 1994]

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§201.56-11   Knotweed family, Polygonaceae.

Kinds of seed: Buckwheat, rhubarb, and sorrel.

(a) General description.

(1) Germination habit: Epigeal dicot.

(2) Food reserves: Cotyledons, starchy endosperm.

(3) Shoot system: The hypocotyl elongates carrying the cotyledons above the soil surface. The epicotyl usually does not show any development within the test period.

(4) Root system: A primary root, with secondary roots developing within the test period for some kinds.

(b) Abnormal seedling description.

(1) Cotyledons:

(i) Less than half of the original cotyledon tissue remaining attached.

(ii) Less than half of the original cotyledon tissue free of necrosis or decay.

(2) Epicotyl:

(i) Missing. (May be assumed to be present if cotyledons are intact.)

(ii) [Reserved]

(3) Hypocotyl:

(i) Deep open cracks or grainy lesions extending into the conducting tissue.

(ii) Malformed, such as markedly shortened, curled, or thickened.

(iii) Watery.

(4) Root:

(i) None.

(ii) Weak, stubby, or missing primary root with weak secondary or adventitious roots.

(5) Seedling:

(i) One or more essential structures impaired as a result of decay from primary infection.

(ii) Albino.

[59 FR 64506, Dec. 14, 1994]

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§201.56-12   Miscellaneous plant families.

Kinds of seed by family:

Carrot family, Apiaceae (Umbelliferae)—carrot, celery, celeriac, dill, parsley, parsnip;

Hemp family, Cannabaceae—hemp;

Dichondra family, Dichondraceae—dichondra;

Geranium family, Geraniaceae—alfilaria;

Mint family, Lamiaceae (Labiatae)—sage, summer savory; benne family, Pedaliaceae—sesame;

Rose family, Rosaceae—little burnet;

Nightshade family, Solanaceae—eggplant, tomato, husk tomato, pepper, tobacco; and

Valerian family, Valerianaceae—cornsalad.

(a) General description.

(1) Germination habit: Epigeal dicot.

(2) Food reserves: Cotyledons; endosperm may or may not be present, depending on the kind.

(3) Shoot system: The hypocotyl elongates, carrying the cotyledons above the soil surface. The epicotyl usually does not show any development within the test period.

(4) Root system: A primary root; secondary roots may or may not develop within the test period, depending on the kind.

(b) Abnormal seedling description.

(1) Cotyledons:

(i) Less than half of the original cotyledon tissue remaining attached.

(ii) Less than half of the original cotyledon tissue free of necrosis or decay.

(2) Epicotyl:

(i) Missing. (May be assumed to be present if the cotyledons are intact.)

(ii) [Reserved]

(3) Hypocotyl:

(i) Malformed, such as markedly shortened, curled, or thickened.

(ii) Deep open cracks extending into the conducting tissue.

(iii) Watery.

(4) Root:

(i) None.

(ii) Missing or stubby primary root with weak secondary or adventitious roots.

(5) Seedling:

(i) One or more essential structures impaired as a result of decay from primary infection.

(ii) Albino.

[59 FR 64506, Dec. 14, 1994]

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§201.57   Hard seeds.

Seeds which remain hard at the end of the prescribed test because they have not absorbed water, due to an impermeable seed coat, are to be counted as “hard seed.” If at the end of the germination period provided for legumes, okra, cotton and dichondra in these rules and regulations there are still present swollen seeds or seeds of these kinds which have just started to germinate, all seeds or seedlings except the above-stated shall be removed and the test continued for 5 additional days and the normal seedlings included in the percentage of germination. For flatpea, continue the swollen seed in test for 14 days when germinating at 15-25 °C or for 10 days when germinating at 20 °C.

[5 FR 33, Jan. 4, 1940, as amended at 10 FR 9952, Aug. 11, 1945; 20 FR 7936, Oct. 21, 1955; 65 FR 1708, Jan. 11, 2000]

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§201.57a   Dormant seeds.

Dormant seeds are viable seeds, other than hard seeds, which fail to germinate when provided the specified germination conditions for the kind of seed in question.

(a) Viability of ungerminated seeds shall be determined by any of the following methods or combinations of methods: a cutting test, tetrazolium test, scarification, or application of germination promoting chemicals.

(b) The percentage of dormant seed, if present, shall be determined in addition to the percentage of germination for the following kinds: Bahiagrass, basin wildrye, big bluestem, little bluestem, sand bluestem, yellow bluestem, bottlebrush-squirreltail, buffalograss, buffelgrass, galletagrass, forage kochia, blue grama, side-oats grama, Indian ricegrass, johnsongrass, sand lovegrass, weeping lovegrass, mountain rye, sand dropseed, smilo, switchgrass, veldtgrass, western wheatgrass, and yellow indiangrass.

(c) For green needlegrass, if the test result of method 2 is less than the result of method 1, subtract the result of method 2 from method 1 and report the difference as the percentage of dormant seed. Refer to §201.58(b)(7).

[46 FR 53638, Oct. 29, 1981, as amended at 59 FR 64506, Dec. 14, 1994]

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§201.58   Substrata, temperature, duration of test, and certain other specific directions for testing for germination and hard seed.

Specific germination requirements are set forth in table 2 to which the following paragraphs (a), (b), and (c) are applicable.

(a) Definitions and explainations applicable to table 2—(1) Duration of tests. The following deviations are permitted from the specified duration of tests: Any test may be terminated prior to the number of days listed under “Final count” if the maximum germination of the sample has then been determined. The number of days stated for the first count is approximate and a deviation of 1 to 3 days is permitted. If at the time of the prescribed test period the seedlings are not sufficiently developed for positive evaluation, it is possible to extend the time of the test period two additional days. If the prescribed test period or the allowed extension falls on a weekend or public holiday, the test may be extended to the next working day. (Also, see paragraph (a)(5) of this section and §201.57.)

(2) Light. Cool white fluorescent light shall be provided where light is required in table 2. The light intensity shall be 75 to 125 foot-candles (750-1,250 lux). (The light intensity for nondormant seed and during seedling development may be as low as 25 foot-candles to enable the essential structures to be evaluated with greater certainty.) The seeds shall be illuminated for at least 8 hours every 24 hours except when transferred to a low temperature germinator during the weekend. When seeds are germinated at alternating temperatures they shall be illuminated during high temperature periods. Seeds for which light is prescribed shall be germinated on top of the substratum except for ryegrass fluorescence tests.

(3) Moisture-on-dry-side. This term means that the moistened substratum should be pressed against a dry absorbent surface such as a dry paper towel or blotter to remove excess moisture. The moisture content thus obtained should be maintained throughout the germination test period.

(4) Potassium nitrate (KNO3). These terms mean a two-tenths (0.2) percent solution of potassium nitrate (KNO3) shall be used in moistening the substratum. Such solution is prepared by dissolving 2 grams of KNO3 in 1,000 ml. of distilled water. The grade of the potassium nitrate shall meet A.C.S. specifications.

(5) Prechill. The term “prechill” means a cold, moist treatment applied to seeds to overcome dormancy prior to the germination test. The prechill method varies among kinds, but is usually performed by holding imbibed seeds at a low temperature for a specified period of time. The prechill period is not included in the duration of tests given in table 2, unless otherwise specified.

(6) Predry. The term “predry” means to place the seed in a shallow layer at a temperature of 35° to 40 °C. for a period of 5 to 7 days, with provisions for circulation of the air.

(7) Substrata (Kinds). The symbols used for substrata are:

B = between blotters

TB = top of blotters

T = paper toweling, used either as folded towel tests or as roll towel tests in horizontal or vertical position

S = sand or soil where soil is an artificial planting mix of shredded peat moss, vermiculite, and perlite

TS = top of sand or soil

P = covered Petri dishes: with two layers of blotters; with one layer of absorbent cotton; with five layers of paper toweling; with three thicknesses of filter paper; or with sand or soil

C = creped cellulose paper wadding (0.3-inch thick Kimpak or equivalent) covered with a single thickness of blotter through which holes are punched for the seed that are pressed for about one-half their thickness into the paper wadding

TC = on top of creped cellulose paper without a blotter

RB = blotters with raised covers, prepared by folding up the edges of the blotter to form a good support for the upper fold which serves as a cover, preventing the top from making direct contact with the seeds.

(8) Temperature. A single numeral indicates a constant temperature. Two numerals separated by a dash indicate an alternation of temperature, the test to be held at the first temperature for approximately 16 hours and at the second temperature for approximately 8 hours per day. The temperature shall be determined at the substratum level and shall be as uniform as possible throughout the germination chamber. (A sharp alternation of temperature, such as obtained by hand transfer, may be beneficial in breaking dormancy.) If tests are not subjected to alternating temperatures over weekends and on holidays, they are to be held at the first-mentioned temperature during this time. In cases where two temperatures are indicated (separated by a semicolon) the first temperature shall be regarded as the regular method and the second as an alternate method.

(9) Paper substrata must be free of chemicals toxic to germinating seed and seedling growth. If root injury occurs from toxicity of a paper substratum or from the use of potassium nitrate, retests shall be made on soil or on a substratum moistened with water.

(10) Ethephon. This term means a 29 parts per million (0.0029 percent) solution of ethephon [(2-chloroethyl) phosphonic acid] which shall be used to moisten the substratum. This solution is prepared by mixing 0.6 ml of a stock solution with 5,000 ml of distilled water. The stock solution contains 24 grams of active material per 100 ml of propylene glycol or two pounds of active material per gallon. A solution which is five times this concentration (5 × 29 ppm) may be used for extremely dormant seeds, provided seeds are transferred to substratum moistened with water after 1 to 3 days.

(11) Ethylene. This term means that five (5) ml of ethylene gas per cubic foot (176.57 ml/m3) of germinator space is injected into a germinator in which peanut seeds in moist rolled towels have been placed. Following injection of the ethylene, the germinator is kept closed until the first count (5 days). If the germinator door is opened for the purpose of checking or rewetting the samples, another injection of ethylene at the same rate shall be made.

(b) Special procedures and alternate methods for germination referred to in table 2—(1) Alyceclover; swollen seeds. At the conclusion of the 21-day test period, carefully pierce the seed coat with a sharp instrument and continue the test for 5 additional days. Alternate method: The swollen seeds may be placed at 20 °C for 48 hours and then at 35 °C for 3 additional days.

(2) Bahiagrass; removal of glumes. On all varieties except “Pensacola,” remove the enclosing structures (glumes, lemma, and palea) from the caryopsis with the aid of a sharp scalpel. If the seed is fresh or dormant, lightly scratch the surface of the caryopsis.

(3) Beet, Swiss chard; preparation of seed for test. Before the seeds are placed on the germination substratum, they shall be soaked in water for 2 hours, using at least 250 ml of water per 100 seeds, then washed in running water and the excess water blotted off. The temperature of the soaking and washing water should be no lower than 20 °C. Samples producing excessive discoloration of the hypocotyl or root should be retested in soil or by washing in running water for 3 hours and testing on “Kimpak,” keeping the seed covered with slightly moist blotters. Sugar beets may require 16 hours soaking in water at 25 °C, followed by rinsing and then drying for 2 hours at room temperature.

(4) Buffelgrass; alternate method for dormant seed. The caryopses shall be removed from the fascicles and placed on blotters moistened with a 0.2 percent solution of KNO3, in petri dishes. The seeds from a fascicle should be arranged so they will not be confused with seeds from other fascicles during the test. The seeds are then prechilled at 5 °C for 7 days and tested at 30 °C in light for 21 additional days. Firm ungerminated seeds remaining at the conclusion of the test should be scratched lightly and left in test for 7 additional days.

(5) Cotton (Gossypium spp.); dormant samples. Samples of cottonseed which do not respond to the usual method should be placed in a closed container with water and shaken until the lint is thoroughly wet. The excess moisture should then be blotted off.

(6) Endive (Cichorium endivia); dormant samples. Add about 18 inch of tap water at the beginning of the test and remove excess water after 24 hours.

(7) Green needlegrass; two test methods as prescribed in table 2 shall be used on each sample:

(i) For method 1, acid scarify 400 seeds for 10 minutes in concentrated sulfuric acid (95 to 98 percent H2 SO4). Rinse seeds and dry on blotters for 16 hours, then place seeds on blotters moistened with a solution of 0.055 percent (500 ppm gibberellic acid GA3) and 0.46 percent (3,000 ppm) thiram and germinate 14 days.

(ii) For method 2, plant 400 seeds on blotters moistened with a 0.2 percent solution of KNO3 and germinate 14 days. Refer to §201.57a(c).

(iii) Report the results of method 2 as the percentage germination. If the number in method 2 is less than method 1, subtract the results of method 2 from method 1 and report the difference as dormant seed.

(8) Rescue grass (Bromus catharticus); dormant samples. Wash for 48 hours in running water, or soak for 48 hours, changing the water and rinsing each morning and night.

(9) Rice (Oryza sativa)—Alternate method. Plant the seeds in moist sand. On the seventh day of the test add water to a depth of one-fourth inch above the sand level and leave for the remainder of the test. Only a final count is made. Dormant seeds: Presoak 24 to 48 hours in 40 °C. water. For deeply dormant seeds, presoak 24 hours in 1,000 p.p.m. ethylene chlorohydrin or 5 percent solution of sodium hypochlorite (clorox at bottle strength).

(10) Ryegrass; fluorescence test. The germination test for fluorescence of ryegrass shall be conducted in light [not to exceed 100 foot candles (1,076 lux)] with white filter paper as the substratum. The white filter paper should be nontoxic to the roots of ryegrass and of a texture that will resist penetration of ryegrass roots. Distilled or deionized water shall be used to moisten the filter paper. The test shall be conducted in a manner that will prevent the contact of roots of different seedlings. Roots of some seedlings produce fluorescent lines on white filter paper when viewed under ultraviolet light. First counts shall not be made before the eighth day; at that time remove only normal fluorescent seedlings. Evaluation of fluorescence shall be made under F15T8-BLB or comparable ultraviolet tubes in an area where light from other sources is excluded. If there are over 75 percent normal fluorescent seedlings present at the time of the first count, break the contact of the roots of the nonfluorescent seedlings from the substratum and reread the fluorescence at the time of the final count. At the final count, lift each remaining seedling, observing the path of each root since sometimes faint fluorescence will show on the substratum as the root is lifted. Abnormal seedlings and dead seeds are not evaluated for fluorescence. See §201.58a(a).

(11) Trifolium, Medicago, Melilotus, and Vicia faba; temperature requirements. A temperature of 18 °C. is desirable for Trifolium spp., Medicago spp., Melilotus spp., and Vicia faba.

(12) Garden bean; use of calcium nitrate. If hypocotyl collar rot is observed on seedlings, the sample involved shall be retested using a 0.3 to 0.6 percent solution of calcium nitrate (CaNO3) to moisten the substratum.

(13) Fourwing Saltbush (Atriplex canscens); preparation of seed for test. De-wing seeds and soak for 2 hours in 3 liters of water, after which rinse with approximately 3 liters of distilled water. Remove excess water, air dry for 7 days at room temperature, then test for germination as indicated in Table 2.

(c) Procedures for coated seed. (1) Germination tests on coated seed shall be conducted in accordance with methods in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section. However, kinds for which soaking or washing is specified in paragraph (b) shall not be soaked or washed in the case of coated seed.

(i) Coated seed units shall be placed on the substratum in the condition in which they are received without rinsing, soaking, or any other pretreatment.

(ii) Coated seed units in mixtures which are color coded or can otherwise be separated by kinds shall be germinated as separate kinds without removing the coating material.

(iii) Coated seed units in mixtures which cannot be separated by kinds without removing the coating material shall be de-coated and germinated as separate kinds. The coating material shall be removed in a manner that will not affect the germination capacity of the seeds.

(2) The moisture level of the substratum is important. It may depend on the water-absorbing capacity of the coating material. A retest may be necessary before satisfactory germination of the sample is achieved.

(3) Phytotoxic symptoms may be evident when germinating coated seeds in paper substrata. In such cases a retest in sand or soil may be necessary.

Table 2—Germination Requirements for Indicated Kinds

Name of seedSubstrataTemperature (°C)First count daysFinal count daysAdditional directions
Specific requirementsFresh and dormant seed
AGRICULTURAL SEED
AgrotricumB, T, S20; 1547Prechill at 5 or 10 °C for 5 days.
AlfalfaB, T, S20417See ¶(b)(11)
AlfilariaB, T20-30314Clip seeds
AlycecloverB, T354121See ¶(b)(1) for swollen seeds
Bahiagrass:
Var. PensacolaP, S20-35728Light; see ¶(b)(2)See §201.57a
All other vars.P30-35321Light; remove glumes; see ¶(b)(2)Scratch caryopses; KNO3; see §201.57a
BarleyB, T, S20; 1547Prechill 5 days at 5 or 10 °C or predry
BarrelcloverB, T204114Remove seeds from bur; see ¶(b)(11)
Bean:
AdzukiB, T, S20-304110
FieldB, T, S, TC20-30; 25518
MungB, T, S20-30317
Beet, fieldB, T, S20-30314See ¶(b)(3)
Beet, sugarB, T, S20-30; 20310See ¶(b)(3)
Beggarweed, FloridaB, T305128
Bentgrass:
ColonialP15-30; 10-30; 15-25728Light; KNO3Prechill at 5 or 10 °C for 7 days.
CreepingP15-30; 10-30; 15-25728Light; KNO3Prechill at 5 or 10 °C for 7 days.
VelvetP15-25; 20-30721Light; KNO3
BermudagrassP20-35721Light; KNO3; see ¶(a)(9)
Bermudagrass, giantP20-35721Light; KNO3; see ¶(a)(9)Prechill at 10 °C for 7 days and then test at 20-35 °C; continue tests of hulled seed for 14 days and of unhulled seed for 21 days
Bluegrass:
AnnualP20-30721Light
BulbousP, S101035KNO3 or soilPrechill all samples at 5 °C for 7 days.
CanadaP15-25; 15-301028Light; KNO310-30 °C.
GlaucanthaP15-25; 15-301028Light; KNO3
KentuckyP15-25; 15-301028Light; KNO3Prechill at 10 °C for 5 days.
NevadaP20-30721Light; KNO3
RoughP20-30721Light
TexasP20-30728Light; KNO3Prechill at 5 °C for 2 weeks.
WoodP20-30728Light
BluejointTB, P15-251021Light and KNO3 optionalPrechill at 5 °C for 5 days
Bluestem:
BigP, TS20-30714Light; KNO3Prechill at 5 °C for 2 weeks; see §201.57a.
LittleP, TS20-30714Light; KNO3Prechill at 5 °C for 2 weeks; see §201.57a.
SandP, TS20-30714Light; KNO3Prechill at 5 °C for 2 weeks; see §201.57a.
YellowP, TS20-30514Light; KNO3Prechill at 5 °C for 2 weeks; see §201.57a.
Bottlebrush-squirreltailP, B20; 151014See §201.57a.
Brome:
FieldP, TB15-25; 20-30614LightPrechill at 10 °C for 5 days.
MeadowB, T, TB20-30614Light optional
MountainP20-30614Light.
SmoothP, B, TB20-30614Light optionalPrechill at 5 or 10 °C for 5 days, then test at 30 °C for 9 additional days.
BroomcornB, T, S20-30310
BuckwheatB, T20-3036
Buffalograss:
(Burs)P,TB,TS20-35714Light;KNO3Prechill at 5 °C for 2 weeks; See §201.57a.
(Caryopses)P20-35514Light;KNO3
BuffelgrassS30728Light; press fascicles into well-packed soil and prechill at 5 °C for 7 daysSee ¶(b)(4); see §201.57a.
Burclover, CaliforniaB, T204114Remove seeds from bur; see ¶(b)(11)
Burclover, spottedB, T204114Remove seeds from bur; see ¶(b)(11)
Burnet, littlerB, T15514
ButtoncloverB, T204110See ¶(b)(11)15 °C.
CamelinaTB2047
CanarygrassB, T20-3037
Canarygrass, reedP20-30521Light; KNO3
CarpetgrassP20-351021LightKNO3.
CastorbeanT, S20-30714Remove caruncle if mold interferes with test
Chess, softP20-30714LightPrechill at 5 or 10 °C for 7 days.
ChickpeaT,S20-303117
Clover:
AlsikeB, T, S20317See ¶(b)(11)15 °C.
ArrowleafB, T20; 154114See ¶(b)(11)
BerseemB, T, S20317See ¶(b)(11)15 °C.
ClusterB, T204110See ¶(b)(11)15 °C.
CrimsonB, T, S20417See ¶(b)(11)15 °C.
KenyaB, T, S20317
LadinoB, T, S20317See ¶(b)(11)15 °C.
LappaB, T20317See ¶(b)(11)15 °C.
Large hopB, T204114See ¶(b)(11)15 °C.
PersianB, T20317See ¶(b)(11)15 °C.
RedB, T, S20417See ¶(b)(11)15 °C.
RoseB, T204110See ¶(b)(11)15 °C.
Small hopB, T204114See ¶(b)(11)15 °C.
StrawberryB, T20317See ¶(b)(11)15 °C.
SubB, T204114See ¶(b)(11)15 °C.
WhiteB, T, S20317See ¶(b)(11)15 °C.
Corn:
FieldB, T, S, TC20-30; 2547
PopB, T, S, TC20-30; 2547
CottonB, T, S20-30; 304112Test by alternate method; see ¶(b)(5).
CowpeaB, T, S20-30518
CrambeT,B20;2547KNO3
Crested dogtailP20-301021LightPrechill at 5° or 10 °C for 3 days.
Crotalaria:
LanceB, T, S20-304110
ShowyB, T, S20-304110
SlenderleafB, T, S20-304110
StripedB, T, S20-304110
SunnB, T, S20-304110
CrownvetchB,T,TB,S207114
DallisgrassP20-35721Light; KNO3
DichondraB, T20-307128
Drop seed, sandP5-35; 15-35514Light; KNO3Prechill at 5 °C for 4 weeks; see §201.57a.
EmmerB, T, S20; 1547Prechill at 5 or 10 °C for 5 days or predry.
Fescue:
ChewingsP15-25721Light and KNO3 optionalPrechill at 5 or 10 °C for 5 days.
HairP10-251028KNO3
HardP15-25721Light and KNO3 optional
MeadowP15-25; 20-30514Light and KNO3 optional
RedP15-25721Light and KNO3 optional
SheepP15-25721Light and KNO3 optional
TallP15-25; 20-30514Light and KNO3 optionalPrechill at 5 or 10 °C for 5 days and test for 21 days.
FlatpeaT15-25;2014128
FlaxB, T, S20-3037
Foxtail, creepingP15-30721Light;KNO3
Foxtail, meadowP20-30714Light
GalletagrassP, B20; 25; 20-30410See §201.57a
Grama:
BlueP, TB20-30714LightKNO3; see §201.57a.
Side-oatsP15-30714Light; KNO3See §201.57a.
GuarB, T, S30; 20-305114
GuineagrassP15-351028Light; KNO3 optional
HardinggrassP10-30728LightKNO3.
Alternate methodP15-25714Light; presoak at 15 °C for 24 hrs
HempB, T20-3037
Indiangrass, yellowP, TS20-30714Light; KNO3Prechill at 5 °C for 2 weeks; see §201.57a.
Indigo, hairyB, T20-305114
Japanese lawngrassP35-201028Light; KNO3
JohnsongrassP20-35735LightKNO3; see §201.57a.
KenafT, B20-30418
Kochia, forageP20414See §201.57a.
KudzuB, T20-305114
LentilB, T205110
Lespedeza:
KoreanB, T, S20-355114
SericeaB, T, S20-357121
SiberianB, T, S20-357121
StriateB, T, S20-357114
Lovegrass, sandP20-30514Light; KNO3Prechill at 5 or 10 °C for 6 weeks; see §201.57a.
Lovegrass, weepingP20-35514LightKNO3; see §201.57a.
Lupine:
BlueB, T, S204110
WhiteB, T203110
YellowB, T207110
ManilagrassP35-201028Light; KNO3
Medic, blackB, T, S20417See ¶(b)(11)
MilkvetchB, T206114
Alternate methodB, TB, T15-2510121
Millet:
BrowntopB, P, T20-30; 30414Light and KNO3 optionalPredry at 35 or 40 °C for 7 days and test at 30 °C.
Alternate methodB, P, T5-35414Light; KNO3
FoxtailB, T15-30; 20-30410
JapaneseB, T20-30410
PearlB, T20-3037
ProsoB, T20-3037
MolassesgrassP20-30721Light
Mustard:
BlackP20-3037LightKNO3 and prechill at 10 °C for 3 days.
IndiaP20-3037LightPrechill at 10 °C for 7 days and test for 5 days; KNO3.
WhiteP20-3035Light
NapiergrassB, T20-30310
Needlegrass, green:
Method 1P15-30714H2 SO4,GA3 and thiram; dark; see ¶(b)(7)
Method 2P15-30714KNO3; dark; see (b)(7)
OatB, T, S20; 15510Prechill at 5 or 10 °C for 5 days and test for 7 days or predry and test for 10 days.
Oatgrass, tallP20-30614Light
OrchardgrassP, TS15-25721Light; germination more rapid on soilPrechill at 5 or 10 °C for 7 days.
Panicgrass, blueP, TS20-30728Light
Panicgrass, greenP15-351028Light; KNO3 optional
Pea, fieldB, T, S20318
PeanutB, T, S20-30; 255110Remove shellsEthephon or ethylene; see ¶(a) (10) and (11).
RadishB, T2046
Rape:
AnnualB, T20-3037
BirdP20-30310LightKNO3.
TurnipB, T20-3037
WinterB, T20-3037
RedtopP, TB20-30510LightKNO3.
RescuegrassP, S10-30728Light; see ¶(b)(8) for alternate methodIn soil at 15 °C.
RhodesgrassP20-30614Light; KNO3
RiceT, S20-30; 30514See ¶(b)(9) for alternate methodPresoak; see ¶(b)(9).
Ricegrass, IndianP15742Prechill at 5 °C for 4 weeks and test for 21 additional days; see §201.57a.
Alternate methodS5-15; 15; 15-25728Dark; prechill in soil at 5 °C for 4 weeks; see §201.57a.
RoughpeaB, T207114
RyeB, T, S20; 1547Prechill at 5 or 10 °C for 5 days or predry.
Rye, mountainB, T20; 1547See §201.57a.
Ryegrass:
AnnualP, TB15-25514Light optional; see ¶(b)(10) for fluorescence testLight; KNO3; prechill at 5 or 10 °C for 5 days and test at 15-25 °C; if still dormant prechill for 3 days and continue test at 15-25 °C an additional 4 days.
IntermediateP, TB15-25714LightKNO3 and prechill at 5 or 10 °C for 5 days and test at 15-25 °C; if still dormant rechill for 3 days and continue test at 15-25 °C an additional 4 days.
PerennialP, TB15-25514Light optional; see ¶(b)(10) for fluorescence testLight; KNO3; prechill at 5 or 10 °C for 5 days and test at 15-25 °C; if still dormant rechill for 3 days and continue test at 15-25 °C an additional 4 days.
WimmeraP, TB15-25; 20-30514Light optionalLight; KNO3; prechill at 5 or 10 °C for 5 days and test at 15-25 °C; if still dormant rechill for 3 days and continue test at 15-25 °C an additional 4 days.
SafflowerP, B, T, S15; 20414Light at 15 °C
Sagewort, LouisianaP15-25714Light
SainfoinB, T20-304114
Saltbush, fourwingB20514See ¶(b)(13)Prechill at 5 °C for 7 days.
Alternate methodB1521
SesameB, T, TB20-3036
SesbaniaB, T20-30517
SmiloP20-30742LightPrechill at 5 °C for 2 weeks; see §201.57a.
SorghumB, T, S20-30410Prechill grain vars. at 5° or 10 °C for 5 days; test sweet vars. at 30-45 °C, maintaining 45 °C for 2-4 hours per day.
Sorghum almumT, S20-35; 15-35521Prechill at 5 °C for 5 days; on the 10th day of test, clip or pierce the distal end of ungerminated seeds.
Sorghum-sudangrassB, T, S20-30; 25410Prechill at 5 or 10 °C for 5 days.
Sorgrass2B, T, S15-35; 20-35521Prechill at 5 or 10 °C for 7 days.
SourcloverB, T203114See ¶(b)(11)
SoybeanB, T, S, TC20-30; 25518
SpeltB, T, S20; 1547Prechill at 5 or 10 °C for 5 days, or predry.
SudangrassB, T, S20-30; 15-30410Prechill at 10 °C for 5 days.
SunflowerT,B2047
Sweetclover:
WhiteB, T, S20417See ¶(b)(11)
YellowB, T, S20417See ¶(b)(11)
Sweet vernalgrassP20-30614Light
Sweetvetch, northernB, TB, T15-25; 2014128
SwitchgrassP, TS15-30714Light; KNO3Prechill at 5 °C for 2 weeks; see §201.57a.
TeffTB20—3047KNO3
TimothyP, TB15-25; 20-30510Light; see ¶(a)(9)KNO3 and prechill at 5 or 10 °C for 5 days.
Timothy, turfP, TB15-25; 20-30510LightKNO3 and prechill at 5 or 10 °C for 5 days.
TobaccoP, TB20-30714Light
Trefoil:
BigB, T205112
BirdsfootB, P, T205112
TriticaleB, T, S20; 1547Prechill at 5 or 10 °C for 5 days, or predry.
VaseygrassP20-35721LightKNO3.
VeldtgrassP10-30728LightSee §201.57a.
VelvetbeanB, T, S, C20-303114
VelvetgrassP20-30614Light
Vetch:
CommonB, T205110
HairyB, T205114
HungarianB, T205110
MonanthaB, T205110
NarrowleafB, T205114
PurpleB, T205110
WoollypodB, T205114Prechill at 10 °C for 5 days, test at 15 °C.
Wheat:
CommonB, T, S20; 1547Prechill at 5 or 10 °C for 5 days, or predry.
ClubB, T, S20; 1547Prechill at 5 or 10 °C for 5 days, or predry.
DurumB, T, S20; 15410Prechill at 5 or 10 °C for 5 days, or predry.
PolishB, T, S20; 1547Prechill at 5 or 10 °C for 5 days, or predry.
PoulardB, T, S20; 1547Prechill at 5 or 10 °C for 5 days, or predry.
Wheat AgrotricumB, T, S20; 1547Prechill at 5 or 10 °C for 5 days, or predry.
Wheatgrass:
BeardlessP, TB15-25714Light and KNO3 optionalKNO3 and prechill at 5 or 10 °C for 7 days.
Fairway crestedP, TB15-25; 20-30514Light and KNO3 optionalKNO3 and prechill at 5 or 10 °C for 7 days.
Standard crestedP, TB15-25; 20-30514Light and KNO3 optionalKNO3 and prechill at 5 or 10 °C for 7 days.
IntermediateP15-25528Light and KNO3 optionalKNO3 and prechill at 5 or 10 °C for 7 days.
Alternate methodP20-30528Light
PubescentP15-25528Light and KNO3 optionalKNO3 and prechill at 5 or 10 °C for 7 days.
Alternate methodP20-30528Light
SiberianP, TB15-25714Light and KNO3 optionalKNO3 and prechill at 5 or 10 °C for 7 days.
SlenderP, TB15-25; 10-30514Light and KNO3 optionalPrechill at 5 or 10 °C for 5 days; if still dormant on the 10th day, rechill 2 days, then place at 20-30 °C for 4 days.
StreambankP, TB15-25514Light and KNO3 optionalPrechill at 5 or 10 °C for 5 days.
TallP15-25521Light and KNO3 optionalPrechill at 5 or 10 °C for 5 days.
Alternate methodP20-30521LightPrechill at 5 or 10 °C for 5 days.
WesternB, P, T15-30728DarkKNO3 or soil; see §201.57a.
Wildrye:
BasinP15-251021See §201.57a.
CanadaP15-30721LightPrechill at 5 °C for 2 weeks.
RussianP20-30514LightPrechill at 5 or 10 °C for 5 days.
VEGETABLE SEED
ArtichokeB, T20-30721
AsparagusB, T, S20-30721
AsparagusbeanB, T, S20-30518
Bean:
GardenB, T, S, TC20-30; 25None18See ¶(b)(12).
LimaB, T, C, S20-30519
RunnerB, T, S20-30519
BeetB, T, S20-30314See ¶(b)(3)
BroadbeanS, C204114See ¶(b)(11)Prechill at 10 °C for 3 days.
BroccoliB, P, T20-30310Prechill at 5 or 10 °C for 3 days; KNO3 and light.
Brussels SproutsB, P, T20-30310Prechill 5 days at 5 or 10 °C for 3 days; KNO3 and Light.
Burdock, greatB, T20-30714
CabbageB, P, T20-30310Prechill at 5 or 10 °C for 3 days; KNO3 and light.
Cabbage, ChineseB, T20-3037
Cabbage, tronchudaB, P20-30310Prechill at 5 or 10 °C for 3 days; KNO3 and light.
CardoonB, T20-30721
CarrotB, T20-30614
CauliflowerB, P, T20-30310Prechill at 5 or 10 °C for 3 days; KNO3 and light
CeleriacP5-25; 201021Light; see ¶(a)(9)
CeleryP15-25; 201021Light; see ¶(a)(9)
Chard, SwissB, T, S20-30314See ¶(b)(3)
ChicoryP, TS20-30514Light; KNO3 or soil; see ¶(a)(9)
ChivesB, T20614
CitronB, T20-30714Soak seeds 6 hrsTest at 30 °C.
CollardsB, P, T20-30310Prechill at 5 or 10 °C for 3 days; KNO3 and light .
Corn, sweetB, T, S, TC20-30; 2547
CornsaladB, T15728Test at 10 °C.
CowpeaB, T, S20-30518
Cress:
GardenB, P, T15410Light.
UplandP, TB20-3547Light; KNO3
WaterP20-30414Light
CucumberB, T, S20-3037Keep substratum on dry side; see ¶(a)(3)
DandelionP, TB20-30721Light; see ¶(a)(9)
DillB, T20-30721
EggplantP, TB, RB, T20-30714Light; KNO3.
EndiveP, TS20-30514Light; KNO3 or soilSee ¶(b)(6).
Gherkin, West IndiaB, T, S20-3037Test at 30 °C.
KaleB, P, T20-30310Prechill at 5° or 10 °C for 3 days; KNO3 and light.
Kale, ChineseB, P, T20-30310Prechill at 5 or 10 °C for 3 days; KNO3 and light.
Kale, SiberianB, P, T20-30; 2037
KohlrabiB, P, T20-30310Prechill at 5 or 10 °C for 3 days; KNO3 and light.
LeekB, T20614
LettuceP20None7LightPrechill at 10 °C for 3 days or test at 15 °C.
MelonB, T, S20-30410Keep substratum on dry side; see ¶(a)(3)
Mustard, IndiaP20-3037LightPrechill at 10 °C for 7 days and test for 5 additional days; KNO3.
Mustard, spinachB, T20-3037
OkraB, T20-304114
OnionB, T20610
Alternate methodS20612
Onion, WelshB, T20610
Pak-choiB, T20-3037
ParsleyB, T, TS20-301128
ParsnipB, T, TS20-30628
PeaB, T,S20518
PepperTB, RB, T20-30614Light and KNO3.
PumpkinB, T, S20-3047Keep substratum on dry side; see ¶(a)(3)
RadishB, T2046
RhubarbTB, TS20-30721Light
RutabagaB, T20-30314
SageB, T, S20-30514
SalsifyB, T15510Prechill at 10 °C for 3 days.
Savory, summerB, T20-30521
SorrelP, TB, TS20-30314LightTest at 15 °C.
SoybeanB, T, S, TC20-30; 25518
SpinachTB, T15;10721Keep substratum on dry side; see ¶(a)(3)
Spinach, New ZealandT15; 20521Soak fruits overnight (16 hrs), air dry 7 hrs; plant in very wet towels; do not rewater unless later counts exhibit drying outOn 21st day scrape fruits and test for 7 additional days.
Alternate methodB, T15521Remove pulp from basal end of fruit
SquashB, T, S20-3047Keep substratum on dry side; see ¶(a)(3)
TomatoB, P, RB, T20-30514Light; KNO3.
Tomato, huskP, TB20-30728Light; KNO3
TurnipB, T20-3037
WatermelonB, T, S20-30; 25414Keep substratum on dry side; see ¶(a)(3)Test at 30 °C.

1Hard seeds may be present. (See §201.57)

2Rhizomatous derivatives of a johnsongrass sorghum cross or a johnsongrass sudangrass cross.

[20 FR 7928, Oct. 21, 1955]

Editorial Note: For Federal Register citations affecting §201.58, see the List of CFR Sections Affected, which appears in the Finding Aids section of the printed volume and at www.govinfo.gov.

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examinations in the administration of the act

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§201.58a   Indistinguishable seeds.

When the identification of the kind, variety, or type of seed or determination that seed is hybrid is not possible by seed characteristics, identification may be based upon the seedling, growing plant or mature plant characteristics according to such authentic information as is available.

(a) Ryegrass. In determining the pure seed percentage of perennial ryegrass and annual ryegrass, 400 seeds shall be grown on white filter paper and the number of fluorescent seedlings determined under ultraviolet light at the end of the germination period (see §201.58(b)(10)).

(1) Fluorescence results are to be determined as test fluorescence level (TFL) to two decimal places as follows:

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(2) The percentage of perennial ryegrass is calculated as follows:

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where VFL = Variety fluorescence level.

(3) Using results from the above formula, the percentage of annual ryegrass is calculated as follows:

% Annual Ryegrass = % Pure Ryegrass−% Perennial Ryegrass

(4) If the test fluorescence level (TFL) of a perennial ryegrass is equal to or less than the variety fluorescence level (VFL) described for the variety, all pure ryegrass is considered to be perennial ryegrass and the formula is not applied.

(5) If the test fluorescence level (TFL) of an annual ryegrass is equal to or greater than the variety fluorescence level (VFL) described for the variety, all pure ryegrass is considered to be annual ryegrass and the formula is not applied.

(6) A list of variety fluorescence level (VFL) descriptions for perennial ryegrass varieties which are more than 0 percent fluorescent and annual ryegrass varieties which are less than 100 percent fluorescent is maintained and published by the National Grass Variety Review Board of the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (AOSCA). If the variety being tested is not stated or the fluorescence level has not been described, the fluorescence level shall be considered to be 0 percent for perennial ryegrass and 100 percent for annual ryegrass. Both VFL (annual) and VFL (perennial) values must always be entered in the formula. If a perennial ryegrass variety is being tested, the VFL (annual) value is 100 percent. If an annual ryegrass variety is being tested, the VFL (perennial) value is 0 percent. For blends the fluorescence level shall be interpolated according to the portion of each variety claimed to be present.

(b) Sweetclover. To determine the presence of yellow sweetclover in samples of white sweetclover, at least 400 seeds shall be subjected to the chemical test as follows:

(1) Preparation of test solution: Add 3 grams of cupric sulfate (CuSO4) to 30 ml of household ammonia (NH4 OH, approximately 4.8 percent) in a stoppered bottle to form tetraamminecopper sulfate ([Cu(NH3)4]SO4) solution used for this test. After mixing, a light blue precipitate of cupric hydroxide (Cu(OH)2) should form. If no precipitate forms, add additional CuSO4 until a precipitate appears. Since the strength of household ammonia can vary, formation of a precipitate indicates that a complete reaction has taken place between CuSO4 and NH4 OH; otherwise fumes from excess ammonium hydroxide may cause eye irritation.

(2) Preparation of seeds: To insure imbibition, scratch, prick, or otherwise scarify the seed coats of the sweetclover seeds being tested. Soak seeds in water for 2 to 5 hours in a glass container.

(3) Chemical reaction: When seeds have imbibed, remove excess water and add enough test solution to cover the seeds. Seeds coats of yellow sweetclover will begin to stain dark brown to black; seed coats of white sweetclover will be olive or yellow-green. Make the separation within 20 minutes, since the seed coats of white sweetclover will eventually turn black also.

(4) Calculation of results: Count the number of seeds which stain dark brown or black and divide by the total number of seeds tested; multiply by the pure seed percentage for Melilotus spp.; the result is the percentage of yellow sweetclover in the sample. The percentage of white sweetclover is found by subtracting the percentage of yellow sweetclover from the percentage of Melilotus spp. pure seed.

(c) Wheat. In determining varietal purity, the phenol test may be used. From the pure seed sample count four replicates of 100 seeds each. Soak the seed in distilled water for 16 hours; then flush with tap water and remove the excess water from the surface of the seeds. Place two layers of filter paper in a container and moisten with a 1 percent phenol (C6 H5 OH) solution. Place the seed, palea side down, on the two layers of filter paper and cover the container. A preliminary observation may be made at 2 hours. At 4 hours, record the number of seeds in each of the following color categories:

(1) Ivory.

(2) Fawn.

(3) Light Brown.

(4) Brown.

(5) Brown Black.

(d) Soybean. In determining the varietal purity, the peroxidase test may be used. Remove and place the dry seed coat from seeds into individual test tubes or suitable containers. Add 10 drops (0.5-1.0 ml) of 0.5 percent guaiacol (C7 H8 O2) to each test tube. After waiting 10 minutes add one drop (about 0.1 ml) of 0.1 percent hydrogen peroxide (H2 O2). One minute after adding hydrogen peroxide, record the seed coat as peroxidase positive (high peroxidase activity) indicated by a reddish-brown solution or peroxidase negative (low peroxidase activity) indicated by a colorless solution in the test tube. Various sample sizes may be used for this test. Test results shall include the sample size tested.

(e) Oat. In determining the varietal purity, the fluorescence test may be used. Place at least 400 seeds on a black background under a F15T8-BLB or comparable ultraviolet tube(s) in an area where light from other sources is excluded. Seeds are considered fluorescent if the lemma or palea fluoresce or appear light in color. “Partially fluorescent” seeds shall be considered fluorescent. Seeds are considered nonfluorescent if the lemma and palea do not fluoresce and appear dark in color under the ultraviolet light.

[59 FR 64514, Dec. 14, 1994]

Editorial Note: For Federal Register citations affecting §201.58a, see the List of CFR Sections Affected, which appears in the Finding Aids section of the printed volume and at www.govinfo.gov.

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§201.58b   Origin.

The presence of incidental weed seeds, foreign matter, or any other existing circumstances shall be considered in determining the origin of seed.

[5 FR 35, Jan. 4, 1940. Redesignated at 20 FR 7940, Oct. 21, 1955]

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§201.58c   Detection of captan, mercury, or thiram on seed.

The bioassay method may be used according to the procedure given in Association of Official Seed Analysts, Handbook No. 26, “Microbiological Assay of Fungicide-treated Seeds”, May 1964.

[38 FR 12733, May 15, 1973]

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§201.58d   Fungal endophyte test.

A fungal endophyte test may be used to determine the amount of fungal endophyte (Acremonium spp.) in certain grasses.

(a) Method of preparation of aniline blue stain for use in testing grass seed and plant material for the presence of fungal endophyte:

(1) Prepare a 1 percent aqueous aniline blue solution by dissolving 1 gram aniline blue in 100 ml distilled water.

(2) Prepare the endophyte staining solution of one part of 1 percent aniline blue solution with 2 parts of 85 percent lactic acid (C3 H6 O3).

(3) Use stain as-is or dilute with water if staining is too dark.

(b) Procedure for determining levels of fungal endophyte in grass seed:

(1) Take a sub-sample of seed (1 gram is sufficient) from the pure seed portion of the kind under consideration.

(2) Digest seed at room temperature for 12-16 hours in a 5 percent sodium hydroxide (NaOH) solution or other temperature/time combination resulting in adequate seed softening.

(3) Rinse thoroughly in running tap water.

(4) De-glume seeds and place on a microscope slide in a drop of endophyte staining solution. Slightly crush the seeds. Use caution to prevent carryover hyphae of fungal endophyte from one seed to another.

(5) Place coverglass on seed and apply gentle pressure.

(6) Examine with compound microscope at 100-400x magnification, scoring a seed as positive if any identifiable hyphae are present.

(7) Various sample sizes may be used for this test. Precision changes with sample size; therefore, the test results must include the sample size tested.

(c) Procedure for determining levels of fungal endophyte in seedlings from seed samples suspected to contain fungal endophyte:

(1) Select seeds at random and germinate.

(2) Examine seedlings from the sample germinated after growing for a minimum of 48 days.

(3) Remove the outermost sheath from the seedling. Tissue should have no obvious discoloration from saprophytes and should have as little chlorophyll as possible.

(4) Isolate a longitudinal section of leaf sheath approximately 3-5 mm in width.

(5) Place the section on a microscope slide with the epidermis side down.

(6) Stain immediately with the endophyte staining solution as prepared in paragraph (a) (2) and (3) of this section. Allow dye to remain at least 15 seconds but no more than one minute.

(7) Blot off the excess dye with tissue paper. Sections should remain on the slide, but may adhere to the tissue paper; if so, remove and place in proper position on the slide.

(8) Place a coverglass on the sections and flood with water.

(9) Proceed with evaluation as described in paragraph (b) (6) and (7) of this section.

[59 FR 64515, Dec. 14, 1994]

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tolerances

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§201.59   Application.

Tolerances shall be recognized between the percentages or rates of occurrence found by analysis, test, or examination in the administration of the Act and percentages or rates of occurrence required or stated as required by the Act. Tolerances for purity percentages and germination percentages provided for in §§201.60 and 201.63 shall be determined from the mean of (a) the results being compared, or (b) the result found by test and the figures shown on a label, or (c) the result found by test and a standard. All other tolerances, including tolerances for pure-live seed and fluorescence, and tolerances for purity based on 10 to 1,000 seeds, seedlings, or plants shall be determined from the result or results found in the administration of the Act.

[5 FR 34, Jan. 4, 1940, as amended at 20 FR 7940, Oct. 21, 1955; 24 FR 3954, May 15, 1959; 35 FR 6108, Apr. 15, 1970; 85 FR 40583, July 7, 2020]

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§201.60   Purity percentages.

(a)(1) The tolerance for a given percentage of the purity components is the same whether for pure seed, other crop seed, weed seed, or inert matter. Wider tolerances are provided when 33 percent or more of the sample is composed of seed plus empty florets and/or empty spikelets of the following chaffy kinds: bentgrasses, bermudagrasses, bluegrasses, bluestems, bottlebrush- squirreltail, bromes, buffalograss, buffelgrass, carpetgrass, soft chess, dallisgrass, fescues, foxtails, galletagrass, guineagrass, gramas, molassesgrass, tall oatgrass, orchardgrass, redtop, rescuegrass, rhodesgrass, Indian ricegrass, ryegrasses, sweet vernalgrass, teff, vaseygrass, veldtgrass, wheatgrasses, wildryes, and yellow indiangrass. The wider tolerances do not apply to seed devoid of hulls.

(2) To determine the tolerance for any purity percentage found in the administration of the Act, the percentage found is averaged (i) with that claimed or shown on a label or (ii) with a specified standard. The tolerance is found from this average. If more than one test is made, all except any test obviously in error shall be averaged and the result treated as a single percentage.

(b) The tolerances found in columns C and D for the respective purity percentages shown in columns A and B of table No. 3 shall be used for (1) unmixed seed and (2) mixtures in which the particle-weight ratio is 1:1 to 1.49:1, inclusive. Tolerances for intermediate percentages not shown in table 3 shall be obtained by interpolation.

Table 3—Tolerances for Any Component of a Purity Analysis for (1) Unmixed Seed or (2) Mixed Seed in Which the Particle Weight Ratio Is 1: 1 to 1.49: 1, Inclusive

Average analysis (A)(B)Nonchaffy seeds (C)Chaffy seeds (D)
99.95-100.000.00-0.040.130.16
99.90-99.94.05-.09.20.23
99.85-99.89.10-.14.24.29
99.80-99.84.15-.19.28.34
99.75-99.79.20-.24.32.37
99.70-99.74.25-.29.35.41
99.65-99.69.30-.34.37.45
99.60-99.64.35-.39.40.48
99.55-99.59.40-.44.42.50
99.50-99.54.45-.49.44.53
99.40-99.49.50-.59.47.57
99.30-99.39.60-.69.51.60
99.20-99.29.70-.79.54.64
99.10-99.19.80-.89.57.66
99.00-99.09.90-.99.59.70
98.75-98.991.00-1.24.64.75
98.50-98.741.25-1.49.71.82
98.25-98.491.50-1.74.76.89
98.00-98.241.75-1.99.82.95
97.75-97.992.00-2.24.871.01
97.50-97.742.25-2.49.921.07
97.25-97.492.50-2.74.961.12
97.00-97.242.75-2.991.001.17
96.50-96.993.00-3.491.061.24
96.00-96.493.50-3.991.141.34
95.50-95.994.00-4.491.211.41
95.00-95.494.50-4.991.271.49
94.00-94.995.00-5.991.361.60
93.00-93.996.00-6.991.471.73
92.00-92.997.00-7.991.581.85
91.00-91.998.00-8.991.671.96
90.00-90.999.00-9.991.752.06
88.00-89.9910.00-11.991.872.19
86.00-87.9912.00-13.992.012.36
84.00-85.9914.00-15.992.142.51
82.00-83.9916.00-17.992.242.64
80.00-81.9918.00-19.992.352.76
78.00-79.9920.00-21.992.442.86
76.00-77.9922.00-23.992.522.96
74.00-75.9924.00-25.992.593.04
72.00-73.9926.00-27.992.653.12
70.00-71.9928.00-29.992.713.19
65.00-69.9930.00-34.992.803.29
60.00-64.9935.00-39.992.893.40
50.00-59.9940.00-49.992.963.48

(c) Tolerances calculated by the following formula shall be used for either chaffy or nonchaffy mixtures when the average particle-weight ratio is 1.5:1 to 20:1 and beyond:

The symbols used in the formula are as follows:

T = tolerance being calculated.

A = percent which the weight of the component with the heavier average particle-weight is of the weight of both components.

B = percent which the weight of the component with the lighter average particle-weight is of the weight of both components.

H = average particle-weight for the component with the heavier average particle-weight.

L = average particle-weight for the component with the lighter average particle-weight.

R = ratio of the average particle-weight for the component with the heavier average particle-weight to the average particle-weight for the component with the lighter average particle-weight. R = H / L.

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T1 = regular tolerance for the kind of seed (chaffy or nonchaffy) and for (100B)/(B + A/R).

In determining the values for A and B in the formula, the sample shall be regarded as composed of two parts:

(1) The kind, type, or variety under consideration, and

(2) All other components. Values for H and L shall be obtained from the last column of Table 1, §201.46, or by laboratory tests for inert matter, weed seeds, or other crop seeds where such values are not obtainable from Table 1. In computing tolerances for nonchaffy kinds the values for T1 are taken from column C of Table 3, and for chaffy kinds the values for T1 are taken from column D of Table 3.

[26 FR 10036, Oct. 26, 1961, as amended at 59 FR 64515, Dec. 14, 1994; 65 FR 1709, Jan. 11, 2000; 85 FR 40583, July 7, 2020]

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§201.61   Fluorescence percentages in ryegrasses.

Tolerances for 400-seed fluorescence tests shall be those set forth in the following table plus one-half the regular pure-seed tolerance determined in accordance with §201.60. When only 200 seeds of a component in a mixture are tested, an additional 2 percent shall be added to the fluorescence tolerance.

Fluorescence Tolerance, Based on Test Fluorescence (TFL)

100
991.0
981.6
972.0
962.3
952.6
942.9
933.2
923.4
913.6
903.8
894.0
884.1
874.3
864.5
854.7
844.8
834.9
825.0
815.2
805.3
795.4
785.5
775.6
765.7
755.8
745.8
735.9
726.0
716.1
706.2
696.2
686.3
676.3
666.4
656.5
646.5
636.5
626.6
616.6
606.7
596.7
586.8
576.8
566.8
556.8
546.9
536.9
526.9
516.9
506.9
496.9
486.9
476.9
466.9
456.9
446.9
436.9
426.9
416.9
406.9
396.8
386.8
376.8
366.8
356.7
346.7
336.7
326.6
316.6
306.5
296.5
286.4
276.4
266.3
256.2
246.2
236.1
226.0
215.9
205.8
195.7
185.6
175.5
165.4
155.3
145.2
135.0
124.9
114.7
104.6
94.4
84.2
74.0
63.7
53.5
43.2
32.8
22.4
11.8
01.0

[32 FR 12781, Sept. 6, 1967, as amended at 59 FR 64516, Dec. 14, 1994; 85 FR 40583, July 7, 2020]

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§201.62   Tests for determination of percentages of kind, variety, type, hybrid, or offtype.

Tolerances for tests for determination of percentages of kind, variety, type, hybrid, or offtype shall be those set forth in the following table, added to one-half the required pure seed tol- erances determined in accordance with §201.60, except that one-half the pure seed tolerance will not be applied in determining tolerances for hybrids labeled on the basis of the percentage of pure seed which is hybrid.

Table 4—Tolerances for Purity Tests, When Results Are Based on 10 to 1,000 Seeds, Seedlings, or Plants Used in a Test

Seed, seedling, or plant count percentNumber of seeds, seedlings, or plants in tests
10203050751001502004008001,000
100 or 00   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   
98 or 210.37.36.04.63.83.32.72.31.61.21.0
96 or 414.410.28.36.45.34.63.73.22.31.71.5
94 or 617.512.410.17.86.45.54.53.92.92.11.9
92 or 820.014.111.58.97.36.35.24.53.42.42.2
90 or 1022.115.712.89.98.17.05.74.93.82.82.4
88 or 1224.017.013.810.78.77.66.25.44.13.02.7
86 or 1425.718.114.711.49.38.16.65.74.53.22.9
84 or 1626.919.015.512.19.88.57.06.04.83.43.0
82 or 1828.220.016.412.610.38.97.36.35.03.63.2
80 or 2029.520.916.913.210.79.37.66.65.33.83.3
78 or 2230.521.617.613.611.09.67.96.85.53.93.5
76 or 2431.422.318.214.111.59.98.17.05.74.13.6
74 or 2632.322.818.614.411.810.28.37.25.84.23.7
72 or 2833.023.419.014.812.110.58.57.46.04.33.8
70 or 3033.723.819.515.112.310.78.77.56.24.43.9
68 or 3234.324.319.915.412.510.88.97.76.34.54.0
66 or 3435.024.720.215.712.711.09.07.86.44.64.0
64 or 3635.425.020.515.812.911.29.17.96.54.64.1
62 or 3835.525.420.615.913.011.39.28.06.64.74.2
60 or 4036.125.720.916.113.211.49.38.16.74.84.2
58 or 4236.225.721.016.213.311.59.48.16.84.84.2
56 or 4436.525.821.016.413.311.59.48.26.84.84.3
54 or 4636.825.821.216.413.411.69.58.26.94.94.3
52 or 4836.825.921.216.513.411.69.58.26.94.94.3
5036.825.921.316.513.411.69.58.26.94.94.3

[32 FR 12781, Sept. 6, 1967, as amended at 33 FR 10841, July 31, 1968; 35 FR 6108, Apr. 15, 1970; 59 FR 64516, Dec. 14, 1994]

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§201.63   Germination.

The following tolerances are applicable to the percentage of germination and also to the sum of the germination plus the hard seed when 400 or more seeds are tested.

Mean (See §201.59)Tolerance
96 or over5
90 or over but less than 966
80 or over but less than 907
70 or over but less than 808
60 or over but less than 709
Less than 6010

When only 200 seeds of a component in a mixture are tested 2 percent shall be added to the above germination tolerances.

[15 FR 2399, Apr. 28, 1950, as amended at 20 FR 7940, Oct. 21, 1955]

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§201.64   Pure live seed.

The tolerance for pure live seed shall be determined by applying the respective tolerances to the germination plus the hard seed and dormant seed, and the pure seed.

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[85 FR 40583, July 7, 2020]

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§201.65   Noxious-weed seeds in interstate commerce.

Tolerances for rates of occurrence of noxious-weed seeds shall be recognized and shall be applied to the number of noxious-weed seeds found by analysis in the quantity of seed specified for noxious-weed seed determinations in §201.46, except as provided in §201.16(b). Rates per pound or ounce must be converted to the equivalent number of seeds found in §201.46, Table 1, Minimum weight for noxious-weed seed examination (grams). Some tolerances are listed in the following table. The number found as represented by the label or test (Column X) will be considered within tolerance if not more than the corresponding numbers in Column Y are found by analysis in the administration of the Act. For numbers of seed greater than those in the table, a tolerance based on a degree of certainty of 5 percent (P = 0.05) can be calculated by the formula, Y = X + 1.65√X + 0.03, where X is the number of seeds represented by the label or test and Y is the maximum number within tolerance.

Number represented by label or testMaximum number within tolerancesNumber represented by label or testMaximum number within tolerancesNumber represented by label or testMaximum number within tolerances
(X)(Y)(X)(Y)(X)(Y)
0234436881
1235446982
2436457083
3537467184
4738477285
5839497386
6940507487
71141517589
81242527690
91343537791
101444547892
111645557993
121746568094
131847588195
141948598296
152149608397
162250618498
172351628599
1824526386101
1925536487102
2027546588103
2128556789104
2229566890105
2330576991106
2431587092107
2532597193108
2634607294109
2735617395110
2836627496111
2937637597112
3038647698114
3139657899115
32416679100116
33426780

[76 FR 31794, June 2, 2011]

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§201.66   [Reserved]

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Certified Seed

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§201.67   Seed certifying agency standards and procedures.

In order to qualify as a seed certifying agency for purposes of section 101(a)(25) of the Federal Seed Act (7 U.S.C. 1551(a)(25)) an agency must enforce standards and procedures, as conditions for its certification of seed, that meet or exceed the standards and procedures specified in §201.68 through 201.78.

[38 FR 25662, Sept. 14, 1973]

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§201.68   Eligibility requirements for certification of varieties.

When a seed originator, developer, owner of the variety, or agent thereof requests eligibility for certification, the certification agency shall require the person to provide the following information upon request:

(a) The name of the variety.

(b) A statement concerning the variety's origin and the breeding or reproductive stabilization procedures used in its development.

(c) A detailed description of the morphological, physiological, and other characteristics of the plants and seed that distinguish it from other varieties.

(d) Evidence supporting the identity of the variety, such as comparative yield data, insect and disease resistance, or other factors supporting the identity of the variety.

(e) A statement delineating the geographic area or areas of adaptation of the variety.

(f) A statement on the plans and procedures for the maintenance of seed classes, including the number of generations through which the variety may be multiplied.

(g) A description of the manner in which the variety is constituted when a particular cycle of reproduction or multiplication is specified.

(h) Any additional restrictions on the variety, specified by the breeder, with respect to geographic area of seed production, age of stand or other factors affecting genetic purity.

(i) A sample of seed representative of the variety as marketed.

[38 FR 25662, Sept. 14, 1973, as amended at 85 FR 40583, July 7, 2020]

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§201.69   Classes of certified seed.

(a) Classes of certified seed are as follows:

(1) Breeder.

(2) Foundation.

(3) Registered.

(4) Certified.

[38 FR 25662, Sept. 14, 1973]

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§201.70   Limitations of generations for certified seed.

The number of generations through which a variety may be multiplied shall be limited to that specified by the originating breeder or owner and shall not exceed two generations beyond the Foundation seed class with the following exceptions which may be made with the permission of the originating or sponsoring plant breeder, institution, or his designee:

(a) Recertification of the Certified class may be permitted when no Foundation or Registered seed is being maintained; or

(b) The production of an additional generation of the Certified class may be permitted on a 1-year basis only, when an emergency is declared by any official seed certifying agency stating that the Foundation and Registered seed supplies are not adequate to plant the needed Certified acreage of the variety. The additional generation of Certified seed to meet the emergency need is ineligible for recertification.

[38 FR 25662, Sept. 14, 1973; 38 FR 26800, Sept. 26, 1973, as amended at 46 FR 53639, Oct. 29, 1981]

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§201.71   Establishing the source of all classes of certified seed.

The certifying agency shall have evidence of the class and source of seed used to plant each crop being considered for certification.

[38 FR 25662, Sept. 14, 1973]

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§201.72   Production of all classes of certified seed.

(a) Each certifying agency shall determine that genetic purity and identity are maintained at all stages of certification including seeding, harvesting, processing, and labeling of the seed.

(b) The unit of certification shall be a clearly defined field or fields.

(c) One or more field inspections shall be made (1) previous to the time a seed crop of any class of certified seed is to be harvested, and (2) when genetic purity and identity can best be determined. The field shall be in suitable condition to permit an adequate inspection to determine genetic purity and identity.

(d) A certification sample shall be drawn in a manner approved by the certifying agency from each cleaned lot of seed eligible for certification. Evidence that any lot of seed has not been protected from contamination which might affect genetic purity, or is not properly identified, shall be cause for possible rejection of certification.

[38 FR 25662, Sept. 14, 1973]

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§201.73   Processors and processing of all classes of certified seed.

The following requirements must be met by processors of all classes of certified seed:

(a) Facilities shall be available to perform processing without introducing admixtures.

(b) Identity of the seed must be maintained at all times.

(c) Records of all operations relating to certification shall be complete and adequate to account for all incoming seed and final disposition of seed.

(d) Processors shall permit inspection by the certifying agency of all records pertaining to all classes of certified seed.

(e) Processors shall designate an individual who shall be responsible to the certifying agency for performing such duties as may be required by the certifying agency.

(f) Seed lots of the same variety and class may be blended and the class retained. If lots of different classes are blended, the lowest class shall be applied to the resultant blend. Such blending can only be done when authorized by the certifying agency.

[38 FR 25662, Sept. 14, 1973]

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§201.74   Labeling of all classes of certified seed.

(a) All classes of certified seed when offered for sale shall have an official certification label affixed to each container clearly identifying the certifying agency, the lot number or other identification, the variety name, and the kind and class of seed.

(b) In the case of seed sold in bulk, the invoice or accompanying document shall identify the certifying agency, the crop kind, variety, class of seed, and the lot number or other identification.

(c) The official certification label may be printed directly on the container when an accounting of the containers is required by the certifying agency. The seed lot number or other identification number, the kind, and variety name shall appear on the official label and/or directly on the container in a position to be viewed in conjunction with the official certification label.

(d) Labels other than those printed on the containers shall be attached to containers in a manner that prevents removal and reattachment without tampering being obvious.

[38 FR 25662, Sept. 14, 1973, as amended at 46 FR 53639, Oct. 29, 1981; 65 FR 1709, Jan. 11, 2000; 76 FR 31795, June 2, 2011; 85 FR 40583, July 7, 2020]

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§201.75   Interagency certification.

Interagency certification may be accomplished by participation of more than one official certifying agency in performing the services required to certify a lot of seed.

(a) The certifying agency issuing labels for all classes of certified seed shall require the seed on which the labels are used to meet standards at least equal to the minimum genetic standards for the seed in question as specified in Table 5 of this part.

(b) Seed to be recognized for interagency certification must be received in containers carrying official certification labels, or if shipped for processing, evidence of its eligibility from another official certifying agency, together with the following information:

(1) Variety and kind;

(2) Quantity of seed (pounds or bushels);

(3) Class of certified seed;

(4) Inspection or lot number traceable to the previous certifying agency's records.

(c) Each label used in interagency certification shall be serially numbered or carry the certification identity number and clearly identify the certifying agencies involved, the variety, and the kind and class of seed. The seed lot number or other identification number, the kind, and variety name shall appear on the official label and/or directly on the container in a position to be viewed in conjunction with the official certification label.

[38 FR 25662, Sept. 14, 1973; 38 FR 26800, Sept. 26, 1973, as amended at 65 FR 1710, Jan. 11, 2000; 76 FR 31795, June 2, 2011; 85 FR 40583, July 7, 2020]

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§201.76   Minimum Land, Isolation, Field, and Seed Standards.

In the following Table 5 the figures in the “Land” column indicate the number of years that must elapse between the destruction of a stand of a kind and establishment of a stand of a specified class of a variety of the same kind. A certification agency may grant a variance in the land cropping history in specific circumstances where cultural practices have been proven adequate to maintain genetic purity. The figures in “Isolation” column indicate the distance in feet from any contaminating source. The figures in the “Field” column indicate the minimum number of plants or heads in which one plant or head of another variety is permitted. The figure in the “Seed” column indicate the maximum percentage of seed of other varieties or off-types permitted in the cleaned seed.

Table 5

CropFoundationRegisteredCertified
LandIsolationFieldSeedLandIsolationFieldSeedLandIsolationFieldSeed
Alfalfa:
Non hybrid1444 48600
(59182.88m)
1,0000.1133 44 48300
(5991.44m)
4000.251 2144 49165
(5950.29m)
1001.0
Hybrid14431,320
(59402.34m)
421,0000.11 213 43 44165
(5950.29m)
421001.0
Barley:
Non hybrid712303,0000.05712302,0000.1712301,0000.2
Hybrid30121 32660
(59201.17m)
3,0000.0530121 32660
(59201.17m)
2,0000.130121 32330
(59100.59m)
1,000550.2
Hybrid (Chemically assisted)57052 53330
(59100.59m)
541,0000.2
Bean:
Field and garden712302,0000.05712301,0000.1712304000.2
Mung712301,0000.1712305000.2712302000.5
Broad bean712302,0000.05712301,0000.1712305000.2
Buckwheat71660
(59201.17m)
3,0000.0571660
(59201.17m)
2,0000.171660
(59201.17m)
1,0000.2
Camelina816150 (5915.24m)5,0000.1816150 (5915.24m)2,0000.2816150 (5915.24m)1,0000.3
Chickpea7123010,0000.1712302,0000.2712301,0000.2
Clover all kinds1 955 18 44600
(59182.88m)
1,0000.11 935 18 44300
(5991.44m)
4000.251 9218 44165
(5950.29)
1001.0
Corn:
Foundation back cross010 11660
(59201.17m)
13 461,000150.1
Inbred010 11660
(59201.17m)
13 461,000150.1
Foundation single cross010 11660
(59201.17m)
13 461,000150.1
Hybrid011 12660
(59201.17m)
1,0000.5
Open-pollinated011 12660
(59201.17m)
2000.5
Sweet011 14600
(59201.17m)
0.5
Cotton019010,0000.0301905,0000.0501901,0000.1
Hybrid (Chemically assisted)019010,0000.0302,640
(59804.66m)
1,3200.1
Cowpea712302,0000.1712301,0000.2712305000.5
Crambe71660
(59201.17m)
2,0000.057124660
(59201.17m)
1,0000.17124660
(59201.17m)
5000.25
Crownvetch155 44600
(59182.88m)
1,0000.1135 44300
(5991.44m)
4000.25126 44165
(5950.29)
1001.0
Flatpea145 44600
(59182.88m)
1,0000.1133 5 44300
(5991.44m)
4000.251 213 44165
(5950.29m)
1001.0
Flax712305,0000.05712302,0000.1712301,0000.2
Grasses:
Cross-pollinated5754 18 20900
(59274.32m)
1,0000.18 5714 18 20300
(5991.44m)
1001.08 5714 18 20 58
165
(5950.29)
5047 502.0
Strains at least 80 percent apomictic and highly self-fertile species5754 18 20601,0000.18 5714 18 20301001.09 5714 18 20 581550162.0
      (5918.29m)         (599.14m)         (594.57m)
Hemp636363636363636363636363
Lespedeza15410
(593.05m)
1,0000.113410
(593.05m)
4000.2512410
(593.05m)
1001.0
Millet:
Cross-pollinated81401,320
(59402.34m)
2720,0000.00581401,320
(59402.34m)
2710,0000.018140660
(59201.17m)
275,0000.02
Self-pollinated812303,0000.05812302,0000.1812301,0000.2
Mustard41,320
(59402.34m)
2,0000.05224660
(59201.17m)
5000.25
Oat712303,0000.2712302,0000.3712301,0000.5
Okra711,320
(59402.34m)
2700.0711,320
(59402.34m)
272,5000.571825
(59251.46m)
271,2501.0
Onion715,280
(591,609.36m)
222000.0712,640
(59804.66m)
22200220.5711,320
(59402.34m)
22200221.0
Pea, field712302,0000.05712301,0000.1712305000.2
Peanut712301,0000.1712305000.2712302000.5
Pepper7125200
(5960.96m)
00.07125100
(5930.48m)
3000.5712530
(599.14m)
1501.0
Radish6051,320 (59402.34m)00.056051,320 (59402.34m)1,0000.1605660 (59201.17m)5000.25
Rape:
Cross-pollinated4241,320
(59402.34m)
2,0000.05224330
(59100.59m)
5000.25
Self-pollinated424660
(59201.17m)
2,0000.05224330
(59100.59m)
5000.25
Rice713910
(593.05m)
10,0000.05713910
(593.05m)
5,0000.1713910
(593.05)
1,0000.2
Rye7118660
(59201.17m)
3,0000.057118660
(59201.17m)
2,0000.17118660
(59201.17m)
1,0000.2
Safflower721,320
(59402.34m)
10,0000.01721,320
(59402.34m)
2,0000.05721,320
(59402.34m)
1,0000.1
Sainfoin155 44600
(59182.88m)
1,0000.1135 44300
(5991.44m)
4000.25126 44165
(5950.29m)
1001.0
Sorghum:
Nonhybrid71900
(59301.76m)
2750,0000.00571990
(59301.76m)
2735,0000.017129660
(59201.17m)
2720,0000.05
Hybrid seedstock71990
(59301.76m)
2750,0000.005
Commercial hybrid7121 29 31660
(59201.17m)
2720,0000.1
Soybean2312301,0000.13312305000.23312302000.5
Sunflower:
Nonhybrid141 452,640
(59804.66m)
2000.02141 452,640
(59804.66m)
2000.02141 452,640
(59804.66m)
200340.1
Hybrid141 452,640
(59804.66m)
35250560.02141 452,640
(59804.66m)
3525034 560.1
Sunn hemp711,320 (59402.34m)625,0000.171660 (59201.17m)621,0000.2571330 (59100.58m)625000.5
Tomato7125200
(5960.96m)
007125100
(5930.48m)
3000.5712530
(599.14m)
1501.0
Tobacco:
Nonhybrid36037150
(5945.72m)
00.0136037150
(5945.72m)
00.0136037150
(5945.72m)
00.01
Hybrid36038150
(5945.72m)
00.01
Trefoil, birdsfoot155 44600
(59182.88m)
1,0000.1135 44300
(5991.44m)
4000.25126 44165
(5950.29m)
1001.0
Triticale712303,0000.05712302,0000.1712301,0000.2
Vetch1 7517 4410
(593.05m)
1,0000.11 7317 4410
(593.05m)
4000.251 7217 4410
(593.05m)
1001.0
Vetch, milk155 44600
(59182.88m)
2,0000.05135 44300
(5991.44m)
1,0000.11244165
(5950.29m)
2000.5
Watermelon71262,640
(59804.66m)
280071262,640
(59402.34m)
2800.571261,320285001.0
Wheat:
Nonhybrid712303,0000.05712302,0000.1712301,0000.2
Hybrid30121 32660
(59201.17m)
3,0000.0530121 32660
(59201.17m)
2,0000.130121 32330
(59100.59m)
1,0000.2
Hybrid (Chemically assisted)51052 53330
(59100.58m)
541,000550.2

1The land must be free of volunteer plants of the crop kind during the year immediately prior to establishment and no manure or other contaminating material shall be applied the year previous to seeding or during the establishment and productive life of the stand.

2At least 2 years must elapse between destruction of indistinguishable varieties or varieties of dissimilar adaptation and establishment of the stand for the production of the Certified class of seed.

3Isolation distance for certified seed production shall be at least 500 feet (152.07m) from varieties of dissimilar adaptation.

4Isolation between classes of the same variety may be reduced to 25 percent of the distance otherwise required.

5This distance applies when fields are 5 acres (2ha) or larger in area. For smaller fields, the distances are 900 feet (274.32m) and 450 feet (137.16m) for the Foundation and Registered classes, respectively.

6Fields of less than 5 acres (2ha) require 330 feet (100.59m).

7Requirement is waived if the previous crop was grown from certified seed of the same variety.

8Requirement is waived if the previous crop was of the same variety and of a certified class equal or superior to that of the crop seeded.

9Reseeding varieties of crimson clover may be allowed to volunteer back year after year on the same ground. If a new variety is being planted where another variety once grew, the field history requirements apply.

10No isolation is required for the production of hand-pollinated seed.

11When the contaminant is the same color and texture, the isolation distance may be modified by (1) adequate natural barriers or (2) differential maturity dates, provided there are no receptive silks in the seed parent at the time the contaminant is shedding pollen. In addition, dent sterile popcorn requires no isolation from dent corn.

12Where the contaminating source is corn of the same color and texture as that of the field inspected or white endosperm-corn optically sorted, the isolation distance is 410 feet (124.97m) and may be modified by the planting of pollen parent border rows according to the following table:

Minimum distance from contaminant Minimum Numbers of Border Rows Required
Field size, up to 20 acres (8ha)Field size, 20 acres (8ha) or more
410 (124.97m)00
370 (112.78m)2 (0.8ha)1 (0.4ha)
330 (100.59m)4 (1.6ha)2 (0.8ha)
290 (88.39m)6 (2.4ha)3 (1.2ha)
245 (74.68m)8 (3.2ha)4 (1.6ha)
205 (62.48m)10 (4.0ha)5 (2.0ha)
165 (50.29m)12 (4.8ha)6 (2.4ha)
125 (38.10m)14 (5.6ha)7 (2.8ha)
85 (25.91m)16 (6.4ha)8 (3.2ha)
0Not permitted10 (4.0ha)

13Refers to off-type plants in the pollen parent that have shed pollen or to the off-type plants in the see parent at the time of the last inspection.

14The required minimum isolation distance for sweet corn is 660 feet (201.17m) from the contaminating source, plus four border rows when the field to be inspected is 10 acres (4.0ha) or less in size. This distance may be decreased by 15 feet (4.57m) for each increment of 4 acres (1.6ha) in the size of the field to a maximum of 40 acres (16ha) and further decreased 40 feet (12.19m) for each additional border row to a maximum of 16 rows. These border rows are for pollen-shedding purposes only.

15Refers to off-type ears. Ears with off-colored or different textured kernels are limited to 0.5 percent, or a total of 25 off-colored or different textured kernels per 1,000 ears.

16The Merion variety of Kentucky bluegrass is allowed 3 percent.

17All cross-pollinating varieties must be 400 feet (121.92m) from any contaminating source.

18Isolation between diploids and tetraploids shall be at least 15 feet (4.57m).

19Minimum isolation shall be at least 100 feet (30.48m) if the cotton plants in the contaminating source differ by easily observable morphological characteristics from the field to be inspected. Isolation distance between upland and Egyptian types shall be at least 1,320 feet (402.34m), 1,320 feet (402.34m), and 660 feet (182.88m) for Foundation, Registered, and Certified classes, respectively.

20These distances apply when there is no border removal. Border removal applies only to fields of 5 acres (2ha) or more. Removal of a 9-foot (2.7m) border (after flowering) decreases the required distance for Foundation, Registered, and Certified seed classes to 600 feet (182.88m), 225 feet (68.58m), and 100 feet (30.48m), respectively, for cross-pollinated species, and to 30 feet (9.14m), 15 feet (4.57m), and 15 feet (4.57m), respectively, for apomictic and self-pollinated species. Removal of a 15 foot (4.57m) border (after flowering) allows a further decrease to 450 feet (136.16m), 150 feet (45.72m), and 75 feet (22.86m), respectively, for cross-pollinated species.

21Isolation distances between 2 fields of the same kind may be reduced to a distance adequate to prevent mechanical mixture, if the sum of percentages of plants in bloom in both fields does not exceed 5 percent at a time when more than 1 percent of the plants in either field are in bloom.

22Refers to bulbs.

23Distance adequate to prevent mechanical mixture is necessary.

24Required isolation between classes of the same variety is 10 feet (3.05m).

25The minimum distance may be reduced by 50 percent if different classes of the same variety are involved.

26The minimum distance may be reduced by 50 percent if the field is adequately protected by natural or artificial barriers.

27These ratios are for definite other varieties. The ratios for doubtful other varieties are:

   FoundationRegisteredCertified
Millet1:10,0001:5,0001:2,500
Sorghum:
Nonhybrid1:20,0001:10,0001:1,000
Hybrid1:20,000NA1:1,000
OkraNone1:7501:500

28Whiteheart fruits may not exceed 1 per 100, 40, and 20 for Foundation, Registered, and Certified classes, respectively. Citron or hard rind is not permitted in Foundation or Registered classes and may not exceed 1 per 1,000 fruits in the Certified class.

29This distance applies if the contaminating source does not genetically differ in height from the pollinator parent or has a different chromosome number. If the contaminating source does (genetically) differ and has the same chromosome number the distance shall be 990 feet (301.76m). The minimum isolation from grass sorghum or broomcorn with the same chromosome number shall be 1,320 feet (402.34m).

30Requirement is waived for the production of pollinator lines if the previous crop was grown from a certified class of seed of the same variety. Sterile lines and crossing blocks must be on land free of contaminating plants.

31If the contaminating source is similar to the hybrid in all important characteristics, the isolation may be reduced by 66 feet (20.12m) for each pair of border rows of the pollinator parent down to a minimum of 330 feet (100.59m). These rows must be located directly opposite or diagonally to the contaminating source. The pollinator border rows must be shedding pollen during the entire time 5 percent or more of the seed parent flowers are receptive.

32An unplanted strip at least 2 feet (0.61m) in width shall separate male sterile plants and pollinator plants in inter-planted blocks.

33Unless the preceding crop was another kind or unless the preceding soybean crop was planted with a class of certified seed of the same variety, or unless the preceding soybean crop and the variety being planted have an identifiable character difference, in which case, no time need elapse.

34May include not more than 0.04 percent purple or white seeds.

35Standards apply equally to seed parents and pollen parents which may include up to 1:1,000 plants each of the wild-type branching, purple, or white-seeded plants.

36A new plant bed must be used each year unless the bed is properly treated with a soil sterilant prior to seeding.

37This distance is applied between varieties of the same type and may be waived if four border rows of each variety are allowed to bloom and set seed between the two varieties but are not harvested for seed. Isolation between varieties of different types shall be 1,320 feet (402.34m) except if protected by bagging or by topping all plants in the contaminating source before bloom.

38When male sterile and male fertile plants of the same type are planted adjacent in a field, this requirement may be waived; provided, four border rows of male sterile plants are allowed to bloom and set seeds. The seed from these border rows shall not be harvested as part of the certified lot of seed produced by the male sterile plants. When plants are of different types, the distance shall be 1,320 feet (402.34m) except if protected by bagging or by topping all plants in the contaminating source before bloom.

39Isolation between varieties or non-certified fields of the same variety shall be 100 feet (30.48m) if aerial seeded and 50 feet (15.24m) if ground broadcast, and 10 feet (3.05m) is ground drilled.

40Isolation between millets of different genera shall be 6 feet (1.83m).

41Does not apply to Helianthus similes, H. ludens, or H. agrestis.

42The ratio of male sterile (A) strains and pollen (B or C) strains shall not exceed 2:1.

43Parent lines (A and B) in a crossing block, or seed and pollen lines in a hybrid seed production field, shall be separated by at least 6 feet (1.83m) and shall be managed and harvested in a manner to prevent mixing.

44Distance between fields of certified classes of the same variety may be reduced to 10 feet (3.05m) regardless of the class or size of the fields.

45An isolation distance of 5,280 feet (1609.36m) is required between oil and non-oil sunflower types and between either type and other volunteers or wild types.

46Detasseling, cutting, or pulling of the cytoplasmic male-sterile seed parent is permitted.

47All varieties of perennial ryegrass seed are allowed 3.0 percent.

48This distance applies for fields over 5 acres (2ha). For alfalfa fields of 5 acres (2ha) or less that produce the Foundation and Registered seed classes, the minimum distance from a different variety or a field of the same variety that does not meet the varietal purity requirements for certification shall be 900 feet (274.32m) and 450 feet (137.16m), respectively.

49There must be at least 10 feet (3.05m) or a distance adequate to prevent mechanical mixture between a field of another variety (or non-certified area within the same field) and the area being certified. The 165 feet (50.29m) isolation requirement is waived if the area of the “isolation zone” is less than 10 percent of the field eligible for the Certified class. The “isolation zone” is that area calculated by multiplying the length of the common border(s) with other varieties of alfalfa by the average width of the field (being certified) falling within the 165 feet (50.29m) isolation. Areas within the isolation zone nearest the contamination source shall not be certified.

50Seed of Critana thickspike wheatgrass may contain up to 30 percent slender wheatgrass types.

51Crossing blocks must be planted on land free of volunteer contaminating plants.

52This distance applies to the seed parent when the contaminating source is wheat of another market class. If the contaminating source is the same market class as the seed parent, the distance may be modified by the planting of pollen parent border according to the following table:

Minimum distance from contaminant Pollen (parent border)
Feet MetersFeet Meters
330100.5900
27583.82154.57
21565.53257.62
16048.773510.67
10030.485015.24

53Interplanted blocks of seed parent and pollinator shall be separated by an unplanted strip a minimum of one foot (0.31m) in width and be clearly identifiable.

54If Foundation or Registered the ratio shall be 1:3000 (Foundation) and 1:2000 (Registered).

55Does not include seed of the female parent.

56Pre-Control Test Standards: If field inspection shows one or more of the following, the applicant may request that seed certification be based on the results of a pre-certification grow-out test approved by the certification agency: a. inadequate isolation; b. too few male parent plants shedding pollen when female plants are receptive; c. excess off-types not to include wild types. In such cases, at least 2,000 plants must be observed and meet the following standards before seed can be certified from fields with problems listed above:

[For non-oil types, seed which contains not more than 15 percent sterile plants may be certified. If it contains 85 percent-95 percent hybrid plants, the percentage of hybrid shall be shown on the certification label]

Factor Maximum Permitted
Hybrid (percent)Inbred (percent)
Sterile Plants5.0
Sterile or Fertile Plants5.0
Morphological Variants0.50.5
Wild Types0.20.2
Total (including above types)5.05.0

57Application to establish the pedigree must be made within one year of seeding. The crop will remain under supervision of the certifying agency as long as the field is eligible for certification.

58These distances apply when there is no border removal. Varieties that are 95 percent or more apomictic, as defined by the originating breeder, shall have the isolation distance reduced to a mechanical separation only. Varieties less than 95 percent apomictic and all other cross pollinating species that have an “isolation zone” of less than 10 percent of the entire field, no isolation is required. (Isolation zone is calculated by multiplying the length of the common border with other varieties of grass by the average width of the certified field falling within the isolation distance required.)

59Indicates metric equivalent in meters.

60Land must not have grown or been seeded to any cruciferous crops during the previous 5 years. This interval may be reduced to 3 years, if following the same variety and the same or higher certification class.

61Field producing any class of certified seed must be at least 50 feet from any other variety or fields of the same variety that do not meet the varietal purity requirement for certification.

62No other Crotalaria species allowed in Foundation, Registered and/or Certified production fields.

63Refer to the certifying agency in the production State(s) for certification standards.

[59 FR 64516, Dec. 14, 1994, as amended at 65 FR 1710, Jan. 11, 2000; 85 FR 40580, July 7, 2020]

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Additional Requirements for the Certification of Plant Materials of Certain Crops

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§201.77   Length of stand requirements.

(a) Alfalfa. Limitations on the age of stand and certified seed classes through which a given variety may be multiplied both inside and outside its region of adaptation shall be specified by the originator or his designee. Certified seed production outside the region of adaptation shall not exceed 6 years if not otherwise specified by the originator, or his designee.

(b) Red clover. Only two seed crops are permitted of all certified seed classes.

(c) White and alsike clover. Only two successive seed crops are permitted following the year of establishment for Foundation and Registered classes, but 2 additional years are permitted if the field is reclassified to the next lower class. Four successive seed crops following seeding are permitted if the first and succeeding crops are of the Certified class, provided the stand of perennial plants is maintained.

(d) Sainfoin. All certified seed classes are eligible to produce five successive seed crops following seeding.

[38 FR 25664, Sept. 14, 1973]

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§201.78   Pollen control for hybrids.

(a) Wheat and barley. Shedders in the seed parent, at any one inspection, are limited to 1:200 heads for Foundation A Line and 1:100 heads for Registered A Line, except that when the A Line is increased outside the area of the anticipated A × R production in order to utilize self-fertility produced by environmental effects, only isolation and genetic purity standards will be in effect. (An A Line is a cytoplasmic male sterile female line used to produce hybrid seed. An R Line is a pollinator line used to pollinate an A Line and to restore fertility in the resulting hybrid seed.)

(b) Corn. When 5 percent or more of the seed parent plants have receptive silks, shedding tassels in the seed parent plants shall be limited to 1 percent at any one inspection, or a total of 2 percent at any three inspections on different dates. Shedding tassels are those which have 2 inches or more of the central stem or branches, or any combination thereof, shedding pollen.

(c) Sorghum. Shedders in the seed parent, at any one inspection, are limited to 1:3,000 plants for Foundation class and 1:1,500 plants for Certified class.

(d) Sunflowers. Seed parents flowering and shedding pollen before the male parents are shedding pollen must be removed. At least 50 percent of the male plants must be producing pollen when the seed parent is in full bloom.

(e) Hybrid alfalfa. When at least 75 percent of the plants are in bloom and there is no more than 15 percent seed set, 200 plants shall be examined to determine the pollen production index (PPI). Each plant is rated as 1, 2, 3 or 4 with “1” representing no pollen, “2” representing a trace of pollen, “3” representing substantially less than normal pollen, and “4” representing normal pollen. The rating is weighted as 0, 0.1, 0.6 or 1.0, respectively. The total number of plants of each rating is multiplied by the weighted rating and the values are totaled. The total is divided by the number of plants rated and multiplied by 100 to determine the PPI. For hybrid production using separate male and female rows, the maximum PPI allowed for 95 percent hybrid seed is 14 for the Foundation class, and 6 for the F1 hybrid. For hybrid production using comingled parent lines, the maximum PPI allowed for 75 percent hybrid Certified class seed is 25, with an allowance for blending to reach a PPI of 25 for fields with a PPI above 25, but no greater than 30.

[38 FR 25664, Sept. 14, 1973, as amended at 41 FR 20158, May 17, 1976; 85 FR 40584, July 7, 2020]

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