Vegetable seed inventories on farms and in dealer or breeder/ producer inventories can be impacted by moisture, temperature and storage conditions that can impact seed quality, making it unfit for commercial sales.
Financially, the end of the year is the best time to perform basic germination and vigor testing to help determine the best in inventory options and planning for 2016 seed sales.
Poor and unsellable seed lots should be destroyed or donated for tax write offs before we hit December 31st.
For seed that is not patent protected, donations are an excellent option. Consider research and training facilities such as the USDA and UC Davis Extension programs in Salinas. Local schools, neighborhood garden non-profits in larger cities and even the Whole Kids Foundation, that provides garden grants to schools throughout the country welcome seed donations and can provide your company and a little PR perk as well.
Consult with your CPA, most donations and destruction of seed inventories are a tax write off, just before you do it before the end of the year. So test, stock, destroy, donate and write off, then your seed inventory will be ready to go as we ring in 2016.
SeedX offers shelf life germination bulk testing at reduced rates when AOSA certificates are not required.