Farmers should adhere to the following steps in order to have seed tested at a state seed laboratory:
1. Send between one to two pounds of any large seed, such as soybeans, peanuts or corn, and about one-half to one-quarter pound, depending on seed size, of smaller seed.
2. Include the kind and variety, lot number or other identifying mark, along with your full name, address and telephone number. For greater efficiency in receiving your laboratory report, please include your e-mail address.
3. Mail seed samples in a cardboard box or similar container to protect them.
4. Allow 2-4 weeks for testing to be completed, depending on seed kind.
5. Farmers/consumers should send seed to: Georgia Department of Agriculture Tifton Laboratory Building, P.O. Box 1507, 3150 Hwy. 41 South, Tifton, GA 31793.
If you have any questions regarding seed testing, call (229) 386-3145 (Tifton). Information also is available on the Georgia Department of Agriculture website: www.agr.georgia.gov. Once you access the site, click on the option Divisions, and then click on Plant Industry. From the options displayed, select Seed Fertilizer & Feed, and then click on Seed Regulations and Testing.
Those individuals desiring to advertise agricultural seed for sale through the Farmers and Consumers Market Bulletin are advised to check the guidelines under the category heading Ag Seed for Sale before submitting their advertisements for publication.