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Please use the following guidelines when submitting samples to be tested.   


 

Your Information and Required Tests


You can submit your samples and let us know what tests are required in three ways:


1. Electronically

  • Login (in the upper left hand corner) or sign up for a 20/20 account
  • Click the "create sample" button
  • Pick a crop
  • Choose the number of similar samples for a crop
  • Enter the information about the seed lot(s); lot numbers, sampler, processor, etc.
  • Enter the packages or tests you require. (Click here to download a list of our testing packages)
  • Enter any other particulars, instructions or comments about the sample
  • Click "create sample"
  • Choose method of printing a bar-coded label (Either a small self-adhesive label or a regular paper label)

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2. Sample Submission Form

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3. 20/20 Seed Labs Inc. Sample Bags

  • Our sample bags are printed with most of the tests that you may require for sample analysis. You can print all your contact information on the bag and simply check off the tests that you require.

Things you need to know about submitting samples:

Sample Sizes

Please submit the correct sample size for the test required.

FLAX / TRIFFID Tests - This test requires either 1 or 2 kg of seed. Please CLICK HERE to use the FLAX SAMPLE SUBMISSION FORM for all samples and to confirm the exact amount of seed required.

Germination and Vigour Tests - Most tests of this type require approximately 250 grams or 1 cup of seed. For very large seeds such as some types of peas or beans, up to twice as much seed may be required.

Disease and Seed Health Tests - The quantity of seed for most disease testing is the same as a germination test. Some tests with special requirements may require larger amounts of seed.

Purity Tests - Test volumes for purity and % pure seed vary with crop type and are available on the purity weight form.

Rhizobia Test - Small seeded legumes require a 1 cup sample. Large seeded legumes require a minimum 2 cup sample. Inoculant, loose peat, granules, and liquid  should be tested in the original sealed container size.

Canadian Seed Institute Samples - Follow the CSI instructions for the crop type and the weight to be submitted. Example: Wheat, Purity = a minimum of 1 kg of seed.

APHIS Samples - Quantities of seed to be tested for an APHIS certificate for export to the US vary with crop type. Please contact us for the correct volume required.

Soil Samples - We test soil for clubroot and for a weed check analysis. It is preferable to have a minimum 2 cup or 1 kg sample size.

Plant Specimens - Root samples for clubroot analysis should have only one plant per bag and other plant or leaf samples should contain an adequate amount for representation of the tissue. Please pack fresh samples with moist paper towel and drop off at lab or ship by overnight courier only. Pack in a cooler with ice packs if possible. Do not allow sample to contact ice directly.

If you're still unsure of the sample size required for your test, please contact us.

Packaging

Printed Sample Bags - 20/20 Seed Labs Inc. provides printed sample bags to all of our customers so they may submit samples with all the information clearly noted. As well, you can use packaging or bags from other labs if necessary.

Special Requirements - Some samples require special packaging to ensure the sample's integrity is not compromised during shipping. Please determine if your sample may require any of the following procedures to keep the sample in proper condition. 

  • Ice packs. For samples that need to remain cool during shipping, such as seed or inoculant samples for rhizobia testing.
  • Heavy-duty sealed poly bags. Samples requiring moisture testing should be in a container that will reduce the risk of moisture loss that could cause a change in the sample quality from time of shipping to the time of testing.
  • Packing material. Consider using newspaper, Styrofoam, and other light, loose material to help keep samples and sample bags from being damaged during transport.

 

Shipping Samples

20/20 Seed Labs Inc. receives shipments from all couriers, bus and mail services on a daily basis. You should determine the best method of shipping your samples to ensure it meets your requirements for timeliness and sample integrity upon arrival. We process all samples on arrival and customers with a user name and login can monitor the status of their sample online to determine when it arrived, estimated completion date and check test results.

Sample Drop-off

You may bring your samples directly to our lab, or the after hours drop-off slot.  Please call if you have any questions: Toll Free: 1-877-420-2099

In Alberta:

20/20 Seed Labs Inc.
507 - 11th Ave
Nisku, Alberta, Canada
T9E 7N5

In Manitoba:

20/20 Seed Labs Inc.
3487 Pembina Hwy
Winnipeg, MB R3V 1A4
Phone: 1-204-261-3755