The Seedpod — Ep. 3: The Surprising Sophistication of Seed Testing & Seed Lot Sampling

Seed TestChange happens fast in agriculture. Just a century ago, Canadian farmers were behind a horse and plow. Today, we talk about cab comfort, the potential for unmanned aerial vehicle spraying, smart phone apps and biotechnology. The seed industry is no different. The process of collecting and testing a sample of seed is continually evolving as well.

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In this edition of the Seedpod(cast), Real Agriculture founder Shaun Haney talks to Trevor Nysetvold, president and CEO of BioVision Seed Labs. Their discussion starts with the quality of the 2014 crop, highlighting disease pressure and dormancy, and then moves into attitude changes about seed testing and what goes into a germination test. The duo discuss changes to technology and how that has exposed weaknesses in other parts of the system, like soil sampling. Take a listen using the video player below, or download the podcast for later.

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