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Chapter 901:5-27 | Testing of Seed

 
 
 
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Rule 901:5-27-02 | Testing of seed.
 

The methods of sampling, inspecting, analyzing, testing and examining agricultural, flower, and vegetable seed offered for sale or sold in Ohio under the provisions of sections 907.01 to 907.13 of the Revised Code, and the tolerances permitted for evaluating those samples, inspections, analyses, tests, and examinations shall be those adopted in the "Rules for Testing Seed" published by the association of official seed analysts, October 2019.

Last updated September 23, 2021 at 8:33 PM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 907.10
Amplifies: 907.10
Five Year Review Date: 9/23/2026
Prior Effective Dates: 3/26/2007
Rule 901:5-27-03 | Labeling seed as to kind and variety.
 

Seed kinds labeled with a brand name and not a variety name shall be labeled with the phrase "variety not stated." Varieties of the following kinds of seeds are generally labeled as to variety and shall be labeled as to kind and variety or, in lieu of the variety name, the phrase "variety not stated," or "VNS":

(A) Alfalfa;

(B) Barley;

(C) Smooth bromegrass;

(D) Buckwheat;

(E) Red clover;

(F) Field corn;

(G) Popcorn;

(H) Sweet corn;

(I) Kentucky bluegrass;

(J) Crownvetch;

(K) Tall fescue;

(L) Red fescue;

(M) Chewings fescue;

(N) Foxtail millet;

(O) Orchard grass;

(P) Oats;

(Q) Rye;

(R) Ryegrass;

(S) Sorghum;

(T) Sorghum-Sudan hybrids;

(U) Soybeans;

(V) Spelt;

(W) Sudangrass;

(X) Sunflower;

(Y) Timothy;

(Z) Tobacco;

(AA) Birdsfoot trefoil;

(BB) Triticale;

(CC) Wheat; and

(DD) Tillage radish.

Last updated September 23, 2021 at 8:33 PM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 907.10
Amplifies: 907.03
Five Year Review Date: 9/23/2026
Prior Effective Dates: 5/22/1981, 5/31/1999
Rule 901:5-27-04 | Vegetable and herb seed germination standards.
 

The minimum germination standards for vegetable and herb seeds offered for sale in the state of Ohio are:

Anise50
Artichoke60
Asparagus70
Basil, sweet70
Beans, garden70
Beans, lima70
Beans, asparagus75
Beans, runner75
Beets65
Broccoli75
Brussels sprouts70
Cabbage75
Cabbage, Chinese75
Caraway55
Cardoon60
Carrot55
Cauliflower75
Celery and celeriac55
Chard, Swiss65
Chervil, salad65
Chickory65
Chives50
Citron65
Collards80
Coriander70
Corn, sweet75
Cornsalad70
Cowpea75
Cress, garden75
Cress, water40
Cucumber80
Dandelion60
Dill60
Eggplant60
Endive70
Fennel, florence60
Fennel, sweet50
Kale75
Kohlrabi75
Leek60
Lettuce80
Marjoram, sweet50
Muskmelon75
Mustard75
Okra (including hard seeds)50
Onion70
Oregano60
Pak-choi75
Parsley60
Parsnip60
Peas80
Pepper55
Pumpkin75
Radish75
Rhubarb60
Roquette60
Rosemary30
Rutabaga75
Sage60
Salsify75
Savory, summer55
Sorrel65
Soybean75
Spinach (except N. Zealand)60
Spinach, New-Zealand40
Squash75
Thyme50
Tomato75
Tomato, husk50
Turnip80
Watermelon70

The germination standards for all vegetable and herb seed not identified in this rule shall be fifty per cent.

Last updated July 8, 2021 at 1:48 PM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 901.10
Amplifies: 901.03
Five Year Review Date: 7/8/2026
Prior Effective Dates: 10/31/2004
Rule 901:5-27-05 | Disposal of screenings.
 

No person shall dispose of or burn screenings in a manner that may result in poisoning, discomfort, or nuisance to humans or livestock, or in the dissemination of weed seed.

Last updated September 23, 2021 at 8:33 PM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 907.10
Amplifies: 907.03
Five Year Review Date: 9/23/2026
Prior Effective Dates: 10/31/2004
Rule 901:5-27-06 | Prohibited and restricted noxious weed seeds list.
 

(A) The following species are hereby designated "prohibited noxious-weed seed":

(1) Field bindweed, Convolvulus arvensis (L.);

(2) Quackgrass, Elytrigia repens (L.) Nevski = Agropyron repens (L.) Beauv.;

(3) Canada thistle, Cirsium arvense (L.) Scop.;

(4) Johnsongrass, Sorghum halpense (L.) Pers.;

(5) Heart-podded hoary cress, Lepidium draba sub. draba (L.) Desv.;

(6) Hairy whitetop or ballcress, Lepidium appelianum (C. Meyer) Jarmol;

(7) Perennial sowthistle, Sonchus arvensis (L.);

(8) Russian knapweed, Acroptilon repens (L.) DC. = Centaurea picris Pallas ex Willd;

(9) Leafy spurge, Euphorbia esula (L.);

(10) Hedge bindweed, Calystegia sepium (L.) R. Br. = Convolvulus sepium (L.);

(11) Serrated tussock, Nassella trichotoma (Nees) Hackel ex Arechav.;

(12) Columbus grass, Sorghum x almum parodi;

(13) Purple loosestrife, Lythrum salicaria (L.);

(14) Musk thistle, Carduus nutans (L.);

(15) Giant Hogweed, Heracleum mantegazzianum (Somer & Levier).

(16) Kochia, Bassia scoparia;

(17) Waterhemp, Amaranthus tuberculatus;

(18) Palmer Amarantha, Amaranthus palmeri;

(19) Shattercane, Sorghum bicolor; and

(20) Apple of Peru, Nicandra physalodes.

(B) The following species are hereby designated "restricted noxious weed seed":

(1) Dodder, Cuscuta (L.) spp.;

(2) Horsenettle, Solanum carolinnese (L.);

(3) Corncockle, Agrostemma githago (L.);

(4) Wild garlic, Allium vineale (L.);

(5) Wild onion, Allium canadense (L.);

(6) Curly dock, Rumex crispus (L.);

(7) Buckhorn, Plantago lanceolata (L.);

(8) Oxeye daisy, Leucanthemum vulgare lam;

(9) Wild mustard, Brassica arvensis (L.) rabenh. & Brassica kaber (D.C.) L.C. wheeler; and

(10) Poison-hemlock, Conium maculatum (L.).

Last updated September 23, 2021 at 8:33 PM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 907.10
Amplifies: 907.10
Five Year Review Date: 9/23/2026
Prior Effective Dates: 10/26/1965, 10/15/1987
Rule 901:5-27-07 | Seed labeler permit application.
 

An application shall be deemed complete if the form prescribed by the director contains all of the following:

(A) The name and address of the applicant;

(B) The telephone number of the applicant;

(C) The email address and website address of the applicant;

(D) The county in which the applicant is located;

(E) The kind of seed that the labeler sells;

(F) Each Ohio location where seed to be labeled by the applicant may be sampled;

(G) The original signature of the applicant. If the applicant is a business entity, then the application shall contain the original signature of the responsible person submitting the application on behalf of the applicant;

(H) If the applicant is a business entity, the information required under paragraphs (A)(1) to (A)(4) of this rule for the responsible person submitting the application on behalf of the applicant.

Last updated September 23, 2021 at 8:33 PM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 907.10
Amplifies: 907.10
Five Year Review Date: 9/23/2026
Prior Effective Dates: 9/21/2014
Rule 901:5-27-08 | Flower seed minimum germination standards.
 

The minimum germination standards for seeds offered for sale in Ohio are:

Kind of flower seed minimum per cent germination
Archillea (the Pearl) - Achillea ptarmica 50
African Daisy - Dimorphotheca aurantiaca 55
African Violet - Saintpaulia spp 30
Ageratum - Ageratum mexicanum 60
Agrostemma (rose campion) - Agrostemma coronaria65
Alyssum - Alyssum compactum, A. maritimum, A. procumbens A. saxatile60
Amaranthus - Amaranthus spp65
Anagalis (primpernel) - A. arvensis, A. coerulia, A. grandiflora 60
Anemone - Anemone coronaria, A. pulsatilla55
Angel's Trumpet - Datura arborea60
Arabis - Arabis alpina 60
Arctotis (African lilac daisy) - Arctotis grandis45
Armeria - Armeria formosa 55
Asparagus, fern - Asparagus plumosus 50
Asparagus, sprenger, Asparagus sprengeri55
Aster, China - Callistephus chinensis; except Pompon, Powderpuff, & Princess types55
Aster, China - Callistephus chinensis; Pompon, Powderpuff, & Princess types 50
Aubretia - Aubretia deltoides45
Baby Smilax - Aparagus asparagoides 25
Balsam - Impatiens balsamina 70
Begonia - (Begonia fibrous rooted) 60
Begonia - (Begonia tuberous rooted) 50
Bells of Ireland - Molucella laevis60
Brachycome (swan river daisy) - Brachycome iberidifolia 60
Browallia - Browallia elata and B. speciosa 65
Bupthalum (sunwheel) - Buphthalum salicifolium 60
Calceolaria - Calceolaria spp60
Calendula - Calendula officinalis 65
California Poppy - Eschscholtzia californica 60
Calliopsis - Coreopsis bicolor, C. drummondi, C. elegans 65
Campanula: Canterbury Bells - Campanula medium60
Campanula: Cup and Saucer Bellflower - Campanula medium calycanthema60
Campanula: Carpathian Bellflower - Campanula carpatica50
Campanula: Peach Bellflower - Campanula persicifolia 50
Candytuft, annual - Iberis amara, I. umbellata65
Candytuft, perennial - Iberis gibraltarica, I. sempervirens55
Castor Bean - Ricinus communis 60
Cathedral Bells - Cobaea scandens 65
Celosia - Celosia argentea 65
Centaurea: Basket Flower - C. americana; Cornflower - C. cyanus;60
Centaurea: Dusty Miller - C. candidissima, Royal Centaurea - C. imperialis; Sweet Sultan - C. moschata; Velvet Cantaurea - C. gymnocarpa 60
Cerasium (snow-in-summer) Cerastium biebersteini and C. tomentosum 65
Chinese Forget-me-not - Cynoglossum amabile.55
Chrysanthemum, annual - Chrysanthemum carinatum, C.coronarium, C. Cineraria - Senecio cruentus60
Clarkia - Clarkia elegans 65
Cleome - Cleome gigantea 65
Coleus - Coleus blumei 65
Columbine - Aquilegia spp 50
Coral Bells - Heuchera sanguinea 55
Coreopsis, Perennial - Coreopsis lanceolata 40
Corn, ornamental - Zea mays 75
Cosmos: Sensation, Mammoth and Crested types - Cosmos bipinnatus; Klondyke type - C Sulphureau65
Crossandra - (Crossandra infundibuliformis)50
Dahlia - Dahlia spp55
Daylily - Hemerocallis spp45
Delphinium, Perennial- Belladonna and Bellamosum types; Cardinal Larkspur - Delphinium cardinale; Chinensis types; Pacific Giant, Gold Medal &.other hybrids of D. elatum.55
Dianthus: Carnation - D.caryophyllus 60
Dianthus: China Pinks - D. chinensis, heddewigi, heddensis70
Dianthus: Grass Pinks - D. plumarius 60
Dianthus: Maiden Pinks - D.deltoides60
Dianthus: Sweet William - D. barbatus 70
Dianthus: Sweet Wivelsfield - D. allwoodi60
Didiscus - (blue lace flower) - Didiscus coerulea65
Doronicum (leopard's bane) - Doronicum caucasicum 60
Dracaena - Dracaena indivisa55
Dragon Tree - Dracaena draco 40
English Daisy - Bellis perennis 55
Flax - Golden flax (Linum flavum); Flowering flax L. randiflorum; Perennial flax, L. perenne 60
Flowering Maple - Abutilon spp 35
Foxglove - Digitalis spp60
Gaillardia, annual - Gaillardia pulchella; G. picta; Perennial - G. grandiflora 45
Gerbera (transvaal daisy) - Gerbera jamesoni 60
Geum - Geum spp55
Gilia - Gilia spp65
Glosiosa daisy (rudbeckia) - Echinacea purpurea and Rudbeckia hirta 60
Gloxinia - (Sinningia speciosa) 40
Godetia - Godetia amoena, G. grandiflora 65
Gourds: Yellow Flowered - Cucurbita pepo; White Flowered - Lagenaria sisceraria; Dishcloth - Luffa cylindrica 70
Gypsophila: annual Baby's Breath - G. elegans; Perennial Baby's Breath - G. paniculata, G. pacifica G. repens 70
Helenium - Helenium autumnale 40
Helichrysum - Helichrysum monstrosum60
Heliopsis - Heliopsis scabra55
Heliotrope - Heliotropium spp 35
Helipterum (Acroclinium) Helipterum roseum60
Hesperis (sweet rocket) - Hesperis matronalis 65
*Hollyhock - Althea rosea65
Hunnemania (mexican tulip poppy) - Hunnemania fumariaefolia60
Hyacinh bean - Dolichos lablab70
Impatiens - Impatiens hostii, I. sultani 55
*Ipomea - Cypress Vine - I. quamoclit; Moonflower - I. noctiflora; Morning Glories, Cardinal Climber, Hearts and Honey Vine -Ipomea spp75
Jerusulem cross (maltese cross) - Lychnis chalcedonica 70
Job's Tears - Coix lacrymajobi 70
Kochia - Kochia childsi55
Larkspur, annual - Delphinium ajacis 60
Lantana - Lantana camara, L. hybrida 35
Lilium (regal lily) - Lilium regale50
Linaria - Linaria spp 65
Lobelia, annual - Lobelia erinus65
Lunaria, annual - Lunaria annua65
*Lupine - Lupinus spp 65
Marigold - Tagetes spp65
Marvel of Peru - Mirabilis jalapa 60
Matricaria (feverfew) - Matricaria spp 60
Mignonette - Reseda odorata55
Myosotis - Myosotis alpestris, M. oblongata, M. palustris 50
Nasturtium - Tropaeolum spp60
Nemesia - Nemesia spp 65
Nemophila - Nemophila insignis70
Nemophila, spotted - Nemophila maculata60
Nicotiana - Nicotiana affinis, N. sanderae, N. sylvestris65
Nierembergia - Nierembergia spp55
Nigella - Nigella damascena55
Pansy - Viola tricolor 60
Penstemon - Penstemon barbatus, P. grandflorus, P. laevigatus, P. pubescens 60
Petunia - Petunia spp 45
Phacelia - Phacelia campanularia, P. minor, P. tanacetifolia 65
Phox, annual - Phlox drummondi all types and varieties55
Physalis - Physalis spp 60
Platycodon (balloon flower) - Platycodon grandiflorum60
Plumbago, cape - Plumbago capensis50
Ponytail - Beaucarnea recurvata40
Poppy: Shirley Poppy - Papaver rhoeas; Iceland Poppy - P. nudicaule; Oriental Poppy - P. orientale; Tulip Poppy - P. glaucum 60
Portulace - Portulaca grandiflora 55
Primula (primrose) - Primula spp 50
Pyrethrum (painted daisy) - Pyrethrum coccineum60
Salpiglossis - Salpiglossis gloxinaeflora, S. sinuata60
Salvia - Scarlet Sage - Salvia splendens; Mealycup Sage (blue bedder) - S. farinacea 50
Saponaria - Saponaria ocymoides, S. vaccaria60
Scabiosa, annual - Scabiosa atropurpurea 50
Scabiosa, perennial - Scabiosa caucasica 40
Schizanthus - Schizanthus spp 60
*Sensitive pant (mimosa) - Mimosa pudica 65
Shasta Daisy - Chrysanthemum maximum C. leucanthemum 65
Silk Oak - Grevillea robusta25
Snapdragon - Antirrhinum spp55
Solanum - Solanum spp60
Statice - Statice sinuata, S. suworonii (flower heads)50
Stocks: Common - Mathiola incana; Evening Scented - Mathiola bicornis 65
Sunflower - Helianthus spp 70
Sunrose - Helianthemum spp 30
*Sweet Pea, Annual and Perennial (other than dwarf bush - Lathyrus odoratus), L.latifolius75
*Sweet Pea, dwarf bush - Lathyrus odoratus 65
Tahoka daisy - Machaeanthera tanacetifolia 60
Thunbergia - Thunbergia alata 60
Torcn Flower - Tithonia speciosa70
Torenia (wishbone flower) - Torenia fournieri 70
Tritoma Kniphofia spp 65
Verbena, annual - Verbena hybrida35
Vinca - Vinca rosea 60
Viola - Viola cornuta55
Virginian stocks - Malcolmia maritima65
Wallflower - Cheiranthus allioni65
Yucca (Adam's needle) - Yucca filamentosa50
Zinna (except Linearis and Creeping) - Zinnia angustifolia, Z. elegans, Z.grandiflora, Z. gracillima, Z. haegeana, Z. multiflora, Z. pumila 65
Zinnia, Linearis and Creeping - Zinnia linearis, Sanvitalia procumbens50

The germination standard for all other flower seed shall be fifty per cent.

* means that the minimum percentage for these species includes both the germination per cent and the hard seed per cent added together.

Last updated July 8, 2021 at 1:48 PM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 907.10
Amplifies: 907.03
Five Year Review Date: 7/8/2026
Rule 901:5-27-09 | Native grass seeds and native grass seeds high in inert matter.
 

(A) The following species of grass are defined as native grass:

(1) Bluestem, Big (Andropogon gerardii);

(2) Bluestem, Little (Schizachyrium scoparium);

(3) Dropseed, Sand (Sporobolus cryptandrus);

(4) Grama, Sideoats (Bouteloua curtipendula);

(5) Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans);

(6) Needlegrass (Achnatherum thurberianum and Nasela viridula); and

(7) Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum).

(B) The following native grasses characteristically exhibit high inert matter:

(1) Bluestem, Big (Andropogon gerardii);

(2) Bluestem, Little (Schizachyruim scoparium);

(3) Dropseed, Sand (Sporobolus cryptandrus;

(4) Grama, Sideoats (Bouteloua curtipendula);

(5) Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans);

(6) Needlegrass (Achnatherum thurberianum and Nasella virdula); and

(7) Switchgrass (Panicum Virgatum).

Last updated September 23, 2021 at 8:33 PM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 907.10
Amplifies: 907.01, 907.07
Five Year Review Date: 9/23/2026
Prior Effective Dates: 10/31/2004