The crops and varieties listed in this portion of the Seed Guide were grown by members of the Minnesota Crop Improvement Association. Varieties listed are those applied for by Oct. 1, 2011.
Certification of field crops is not complete until the fields have passed inspection, a representative cleaned seed sample has met standards based on complete laboratory analysis and the seed is properly labeled. The certification tag on the bag or a bulk sale certificate is the buyer’s assurance that seed so represented has met all certified seed standards. Seed sold without proper certification markings is not certified seed.
Under the columns for acreage, Registered and Certified classes are designated as follows:
Not all certifiable crops and varieties are included. Varieties intended for export and some private varieties are not included, at the option of the owner.
Protected Crop Varieties
Most varieties listed in the directory portion of the Seed Guide are protected by the USDA Plant Variety Protection Act or by license agreements with the owner of the variety. Crop varieties for which applications have been filed or certificates issued for protection under the Plant Variety Protection Act (PVPA) have been noted elsewhere in this publication. PVPA Title V specifies that seed of the variety may be sold only as a class of certified seed.
In addition, for varieties noted as PVP (94), you may save seed for your own planting only; you may not sell it to a neighbor without specific permission of the variety owner. Some protected crop varieties need not be sold as a class of certified seed; owners of those varieties are responsible for informing growers of restrictions regarding seed production.
The information in the Seed Guide is not an all-inclusive PVP list; call MCIA if you are unsure of a variety’s PVP status or you can check PVP status on the internet at http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/html/pvplist.pl .
Notice to Buyers
The Minnesota Crop Improvement Association can assume no financial responsibility for seed or other products listed in this Directory or for disagreements over sales which may arise from this list. However, complaints about certified seed addressed to the Association will be investigated.
Should there be a claim over seed performance involving the Minnesota Crop Improvement Association it must be addressed as provided in Minnesota Department of Agriculture Rules for Arbitration of Seed Performance Disputes. Inquiries for seed should be directed to applicants and conditioners listed.
It is the applicant’s (seller’s) responsibility to supply seed representative of the samples submitted and approved for certification by the Minnesota Crop Improvement Association. Buyers should insist on certification being complete (including attachment of certified seed tags to bags or obtaining a bulk sale certificate when purchasing seed).