Need to get a germination tests?

January 2014

Germination tests can either be completed at home or by sending a sample to the Missouri Seed Improvement Association or the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

A home test can be performed by counting out 100 seeds and placing them in a damp paper towel. Place the paper towel into a plastic bag to conserve moisture and store in a warm location out of direct sunlight. After five days, count the number of germinated seeds that have both an intact root and shoot. This will give the grower an estimate of % germination. It is important to choose random seeds throughout the entire seed lot and conduct at least five 100 seed counts.

The Missouri Seed Improvement Association performs germination tests. The test requires one pound of seed and costs $14.25-19.00 depending on seed. For details email MOSEED@AOL.com  or check the Missouri Seed Improvement Association web site at http://www.moseed.org  (see lab services then fees and forms for details on submitting samples).

The State Seed Control Laboratory at the Missouri Department of Agriculture also performs germination tests. The test requires one pint to one quart of seed. From June 1 thru August 31 and November 1 thru January 15 tests are free outside of those dates there is a $12.00 fee per sample and a limit of four samples per farmer. Information and a submission form can be obtained on the Missouri Department of Agriculture web site, http://mda.mo.gov/plants/seed/ and then clicking on Submitting Seed Service Samples.

Missouri Crop Improvement Association - (573) 449-0586

Missouri Department of Ag seed laboratory - (573) 751-4340

Submitted by: Joni Harper, Agronomy Specialist