Under the Microscope: The Importance of Proper Sampling

A typical seed sample envelope

Harvest is a great time to grab a sample of grain and have it tested for germination and disease levels. Harvest is also the easiest (and warmest) time to get a representative sample, as you can sample as you fill bins. The sooner you know some basic quality parameters the better, as poor germ or high disease levels may mean it’s prudent to sell that particular tonnage sooner rather than later.

In this first episode of the second season of Under the Microscope, Holly Gelech, manager of business development for Biovision Seed Labs, and Lyndsey Smith, editor of RealAgriculture.com, discuss the importance of taking a representative seed sample and offer some tips on doing so. They also discuss a few more reasons you may want to sample now before storing that crop for the winter.

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