If you are a new grower, here are the first steps to producing a
pedigreed seed crop
1. Obtain a copy of the documents you require, such as:
2. Purchase pedigreed seed of Foundation or Registered class:
This seed may be purchased in bags or in bulk. The bagged seed must
be tagged with official tags. Pedigreed seed purchased in bulk must be
accompanied by official pedigree documentation supplied by the seller.
The tags and/or documentation must be kept to present to the authorized
seed crop inspector and the CSGA on request. This is proof of the
pedigree of the seed you sow. A copy of the mechanical purity and
germination analysis certificate should also be available to you for
3. Make sure that the seed is sown on land meeting the requirements
of the regulations.
If uncertain of the eligibility of land to produce a pedigreed seed
Form 101 – Land Use Verification can be completed and sent to the
CSGA prior to seeding. After the CSGA evaluates your land use plan, will
receive a written confirmation that your land use plan meets CSGA’s
requirements. Isolate the crop according to requirements.
Application for Crop Inspection and Membership must be completed
(including maps) and received by the CSGA before the prescribed deadline
dates. Crop inspection and membership fees must accompany the
5. The crop must be rogued throughout the growing season to remove
plants of other varieties, off-types, difficult-to-separate other crop
kinds, as well as objectionable weeds.
6. Do not harvest the crop until you are positive that the crop
has been inspected by an inspector authorized by the CSGA, such as the
Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
The inspector must provide you with a copy of the report of crop
inspection. The original of this report is used by the CSGA to appraise
the crop and determine its eligibility for certification.
7. Contact the CSGA office at
any time if you need guidance or assistance.
In addition to the items listed above, a new grower should read
carefully and familiarize themselves with:
Circular 6, Section 0: Procedures for the Production of Pedigreed
Seed Crops, and
Circular 6, Section 1: Regulations for all Pedigreed Seed Crops.
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