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grass seed test date

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by ant, Aug 23, 2006.

  1. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,466

    test dates under 6-8 mo old should be exceptional to us as installers. anything longer then that should be sold to us at a reduced price?

    i was at a class today and the instructor presented that to us.. i said ya right..
    i got seed Monday with a test date of 08/05
  2. cemars

    cemars LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 387

    I think most states require the lot be retested after 12 months. I sold seed for many years in VA. and MD. and seldom saw germination rates change much after a year. As a mater of fact, some think older seed germinates just as well if not better than young and in less time.
  3. upidstay

    upidstay LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,553

    Blue grass seed actually works best after it has sat for a year or so. 6-8 month old seed is not old or outdated. I wouldn't buy anything more than 2 years old, unless it had been recently retested. There are federal guidelines for seed purity, and the industry does a good job os seof-policing. there is to much money to be lost by getting a bad reputation as a seed brand.
    As long as you store seed properly, it will keep. One idiot I know stored his in an old storage trailer where daytime temps approached the molten steel levels. His seed was worthless after one summer. One friend of mine used a bag with a 2003 test date on it and it came in great.
  4. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    The beginng of every new yr. I get a certificate to have any seed I'm holding over tested and recertified. It only takes min. to send in a sample and get the new tag.
    BTW-- I use this as a great selling point as many if not most lco have no idea about the requirments for certification, and the customers are impressed that we use only "new" seed

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