As a fresh pasture sowing season gets under way across Australia, growers and retailers have been urged to arm themselves with information about the seed they are purchasing.
Thousands of tonnes of seed will be purchased, cleaned, treated, transported and sown into the soil this autumn, with huge expectations on it to deliver production and profit gains.
This expectation is underpinned by the assumption that the seed is healthy, clean and ready to perform.
The Australian Seed Federation and its members take seed seriously and encourage the agricultural industry to appreciate, value and protect the quality and authenticity of seed.
‘‘Seed is fundamental to agriculture and represents a significant investment,’’ Australian Seed Federation chief executive officer Bill Fuller said.
‘‘We encourage growers and retailers to utilise the online resources of the ASF to inform themselves and get the best outcome in the paddock or for their clients.’’
Growers and retailers are urged to source their seed through reputable suppliers who can provide certified seed as well as germination and purity tests.
This approach is captured by the ASF’s slogan ‘Know Before You Sow’.
‘‘Ask the question of your supplier,’’ Mr Fuller said.
‘‘Are they a member of the ASF? Do they have the code of practice logo on their product? Do they provide certification and quality tests on the seed you are purchasing?’’
Mr Fuller said the ASF’s online pasture seed database filled a gap in the industry, providing critical information about pasture seed products by species.
It identifies the intellectual property, marketing and varietal status of the various pasture seed products nominated by their Australian marketer.
■For more information, go to the Australian Seed Federation website at: www.asf.asn.au