Administrative Code

Creating a Report: Check the sections you'd like to appear in the report, then use the "Create Report" button at the bottom of the page to generate your report. Once the report is generated you'll then have the option to download it as a pdf, print or email the report.

Virginia Administrative Code
Title 2. Agriculture
Agency 10. State Certified Seed Board
Chapter 10. Rules and Regulations Providing for the Certification of Seeds and Other Materials Used for Plant Propagation Purposes
1/27/2020

2VAC10-10-120. Grass Seed Certification (Tall Fescue and Orchard Grass).

A. General standards. The general standards as adopted in this chapter are basic and apply to grass seed certification.

B. Land requirements. A field to be eligible for the production of registered or certified seed shall not have grown or been seeded to the same species during the previous year except to foundation, registered, or certified seed of the same variety. For foundation seed production the land shall not have been planted to grass of the same kind within the previous five years.

C. Field standards.

1. Field inspection.

a. A field inspection shall be made each year that a certified crop is to be harvested.

b. A field inspection is to be made after heading but before harvesting.

c. A crop automatically becomes ineligible for certification if harvested before the field inspection is made.

2. Isolation.

a. A strip at least five feet in width and which is mowed, uncropped or planted to some crop other than the kind in question shall constitute a field boundary.

b. The following isolation requirements shall be met when any other strain or strains of the species is in bloom at the same time.

Border to be Removed *-Feet **

Minimum Isolation - Feet

Foundation

Registered

Certified

0

900

300

165

9

600

225

100

15

450

150

75

*When a border is to be removed, such removal shall not occur until pollination of the crop to be certified is completed.

**When different classes of seed of the same variety are being grown on the same or adjacent fields, the isolation requirements may be reduced to 25% of that shown in the above table.

3. Specific.

Maximum Permitted Ratio of Plants

Foundation

Registered

Certified

Other Varieties

1:1,000

1:100

1:50

4. Duration of eligibility. Stands of foundation or registered seed may be so classified for a period of five years. After a five-year period such stands may be eligible for the class certified, if conditions are found favorable when inspected.

D. Seed standards.

Foundation

Registered

Certified

Pure Seed (minimum)

Tall Fescue

98.5%

98.5%

98.5%

Orchardgrass

90.0%

90.0%

90.0%

Inert Matter (maximum)

Tall Fescue

1.5%

1.5%

1.5%

Orchardgrass

10.0%

10.0%

10.0%

Other Crops (maximum)

**Tall Fescue

0.25%

0.25%

0.50%

**Orchardgrass

1.00%

1.00%

2.00%

Other Grasses (maximum)

0.10%

0.10%

0.25%

Weed Seed (maximum)

0.30%

0.30%

0.50%

***Objectionable Weeds (maximum)

1 per oz.

1 per oz.

1 per oz.

Germination

Tall Fescue

*N.S.

80.0%

80.0%

Orchardgrass

*N.S.

85.0%

85.0%

*N.S. - No standard.

**Not to exceed .25% of other grasses of which not more than 0.1% may be rye grass. No rye grass allowed in registered seed.

***Wild onion bulblets and wild garlic bulblets and wild mustard are permitted to the extent indicated.

Statutory Authority

§§ 3.2-4024 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR172-01-01 § 9, eff. April 1980.

Website addresses provided in the Virginia Administrative Code to documents incorporated by reference are for the reader's convenience only, may not necessarily be active or current, and should not be relied upon. To ensure the information incorporated by reference is accurate, the reader is encouraged to use the source document described in the regulation.

As a service to the public, the Virginia Administrative Code is provided online by the Virginia General Assembly. We are unable to answer legal questions or respond to requests for legal advice, including application of law to specific fact. To understand and protect your legal rights, you should consult an attorney.