Posted 11/17/2012 19:52 (#2702721 - in reply to #2699163) Subject: Re: left over wheat seed
I can only relate what we have experienced here retailing seed. A lot depends on how the seed was handled from the combine to the bins, cleaning plant and so on. Microscopic damage that can't be seen often can show up later, especially on two year old seed. Having said that, with the new seed treatment chemistries that are on the market nowadays, if the seed was in fact treated last year at the proper rate and stored dry it should be fine. The easiest way to determine that is with a germination test; and if you are concerned get a cold stress vigour test. I'm not sure if it is called the same thing down there but that would be the first thing to do. It would answer your question and put your mind at ease. As somebody already stated, a current test would be mandatory if the seed retailer wanted to sell it as certified seed. Up here, we are required to have a valid certified germ test done within 9 months of the purchase/ pickup date. Hope that helps.