Saskatchewan Seed Test Results Interim Survey
By Saskatchewan Pulse Growers (SPG), Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (SaskWheat), Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission (SaskBarley), and Saskatchewan Oat Development Commission (SaskOats)
The Saskatchewan pulse and cereal commission groups gratefully acknowledge 20/20 Seed Labs, Discovery Seed Labs, Prairie Diagnostic Seed Labs, and Lendon Seeds for their continued participation in the annual survey of seed-borne pathogens on pulse and cereal seed grown in Saskatchewan.
This survey provides a record of seed-borne pathogen trends in pulse and cereal crops and allows for continued tracking of diseases over time. The interim seed quality data, based on seed analysis conducted by 20/20 Seed Labs, Discovery Seed Labs, and Prairie Diagnostic Seed Labs, from the time of harvest until the end of December, provide early insights into seed quality trends and help to identify potential pathogens of concern and their prevalence across the province. And new this year, germination results have been included in the survey.
Although this survey provides a benchmark for annual seed-borne pathogen levels across the province, it does not replace the need for testing of individual seed lots. Each seed lot is unique and it is important growers have their seed sources evaluated for quality—including disease screening, germination, and thousand kernel weight—before spring planting.