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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
6/3/2020

2VAC10-10-160. Soybean Certification Standards.

A. General standards. The general standards as adopted in this chapter are basic and together with the following standards constitute the standards for soybeans.

B. Land requirements. The crop shall not be grown on land on which soybeans were grown the previous year, unless that crop was grown from certified seed of the same variety.

C. Field standards.

1. Field inspection. At least one field inspection, preferably after the leaves have dropped, shall be made by an inspector of the certifying agency.

2. Isolation. Fields of soybeans shall be separated from any other variety or uncertified seed of the same variety by a distance of 20 feet or 10 border rows of the inspected crop shall not be harvested for seed.

3. Specific.

Field Inspection

Factor

Foundation

Registered

Certified

Other Varieties

1:10,000
(0.01%)

1:1000
(0.1%)

1:400
(0.25%)

Corn and/or Sunflower Plants Bearing Seeds

None

None

2 plants/acre

Total Objectionable Weeds

Trace morning glory

Trace morning glory

Trace morning glory

D. Seed standards

Standard for Each Class

Factor

Foundation

Registered

Certified

Pure Seed (minimum)

99.0%

99.0%

98.5%

Inert Matter (maximum)

1.0%

1.0%

1.5%

*Weed Seeds (maximum)

.01%

.01%

.02%

Objectionable Weed Seed (maximum)

None

None

None

Other Crops

None

None

.01%

**Other Varieties

.01%

.1%

.25%

Germination (minimum)

80.0%

80.0%

80.0%

*Total weed seed shall not exceed 10 per pound.

**Off-colored beans due to environmental factor shall not be considered other varieties. Other varieties shall be considered to include off-type seeds that can be differentiated from the variety that is being analyzed.

Statutory Authority

§§ 3.2-4024 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

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

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