SeedX has committed resources for assisting the vegetable industry with complex issues related to Cadmium. SeedX will actively participate in developing testing and sampling protocols to assist growers, shippers and researchers.
Sample tests will be offered beginning in October 2015.
Best sampling practices are being developed with industry and researcher input.
2015 Cadmium testing prices will be offered by SeedX for $195 to $250 per rush sample, with a 5 day turnaround. Discounts available for research, organic growers, shippers, processors, and for volume and non- rush testing.
Pulling a good seed sample is the first step toward getting the best test result for your money. Over the next few months SeedX will offer online tips, links and videos to educate our clients on proper seed sampling techniques. Our staff is available to help clients from barley farmers to lettuce seed producers develop good sampling practices.
The SeedX website has been updated with helpful sampling tips consistent with AOSA guidelines. Mary Voorhees, the laboratory's RST has also provided some useful sampling hints.
If seed samples need to be sent to the lab, we are the only seed testing lab to offer free pick up for Gilroy, Salinas and South County clients, which offers the most efficient way to keep samples under ideal conditions until tested. If you are dropping off samples, remember to not leave them in a hot car or truck as it may effect moisture or germination test results.
When mailing samples, use a padded mailer and place samples in a plastic bag to prevent moisture gain or loss, for the most reliable results. Seed samples can pick up moisture from our foggy damp days. Mail samples as soon as they are prepped.
The lab is open from 7:30 to 5:00pm for sample drop off.
Rule of Thumb on Sample Sizes:
Moisture Tests on small vegetable seed ..................................5 grams
Seed Counts on small vegetable seed ................................ .3-5 grams
Custom Desert or Costal Vigor and Germ..............................600 seed min. ( 800 is ideal)
For certified seed tests, see our AOSA guidelines on the website.
SeedX opened for commercial seed testing this week. The lab is managed by Mary Voorhees, RST, who began certified testing of lettuce, spinach, melons, beans, and carrots for the backlog of clients who had waited patiently for a local lab to open. The lab has also contracted with Pat Brownfield, RST, to offer proprietary vigor tests to help growers, resellers and producers with information about how seed will perform under coastal or desert conditions. Informal tours of SeedX's creative small space planning and room germination chambers are offered upon request. The company is planning an official open house in mid October.