Classification of ergotized kernels in seed

October 20, 2017

A notice to Seed Laboratories was released today to clarify the classification of ergotized kernels in seed.

Update to the Authorized Exporter Program: CFIA sampling and private testing

September 19, 2017



Effective September 1, 2017, the option for CFIA sampling in combination with private seed testing will be permitted as part of the AEP on a regular ongoing basis.

In summary, there are now three options available for seed exporters requiring seed export certification pursuant to the OECD Seed Schemes for seed of any status (OECD Pre-Basic, OECD Basic, and OECD Certified):

Harvesting and Storing Pulse Crops?

August 15, 2017

Aeration and Drying Pulse Crops


Pulse crops retain their quality and maximize their marketability when a few grain storage guidelines are followed. Downgrading of pulses can occur when cracked seed coats or split seeds are present in the sample, or if a significant amount of seeds are heated or have a musty odour.


The following table, set by the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC), indicates a dry seed per cent moisture content standard for safe storage and grading of common pulse crops.

Need more information on Fusarium Headblight?

September 2, 2016

Please vist the Alberta Agriculture and Forestry website for detailed information.$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/cbd15876

Does Fusarium decline on seed in storage?

March 14, 2015

Recently on Twitter there was discussion regarding declining Fusarium levels on seed that has been stored in the bin from a previous season.  One Tweep went as far as saying that it would test negative after storage.  Is that the case???

"The short answer from what I know is it's possible", says Trevor Blois, Disease Diagnostician with 20/20 Seed Labs Inc.

Fusarium Update

January 29, 2015

Fusarium head blight (FHB) is well established in Ontario, Manitoba and Eastern Saskatchewan grain crops. Also called scab, this disease has now moved into western Saskatchewan and parts of Alberta as well. Alberta has a Fusarium graminearium management plan which defines a prevention and control strategy.  FHB is caused by Fusarium graminearum, a fungus that produces a mycotoxin called deoxynivalenol (DON), also known as vomitoxin.

Test your seed early and set yourself up for long term success

December 14, 2014

Every year thousands of dollars are invested in genetics, breeding and farm inputs to produce good quality seed for demanding market place.

PROGRAM EXTENDED: Need an ISTA Orange?? - CFIA Notice of Interim Arrangements for Seed Testing

November 12, 2014

This program has been extended until June 30, 2015 and NOW INCLUDES OECD PRE-BASIC, OECD BASIC AND OECD CERTIFIED SEED.  The CFIA has implemented an interim arrangement with 20/20 Seed labs Inc to address the current backlog for seed testing services at the CFIA Saskatoon Laboratory - Seed Science and Technology Section (SSTS).  You can find the details for the arrangement by following the links for Englis