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State of Minnesota Issues Warning About Faulty Seed
USAgNet - 04/24/2018

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is issuing a warning to landowners: Be cautious when buying and planting seed, especially for conservation plantings.

Recently, the MDA has encountered several issues with seed sold in the state. In 2016 and 2017, the highly invasive weed Palmer amaranth was introduced through conservation seed mixes. The department found seed mislabeled with improper information regarding the contents of the mix. Also, seed has been sold with very low germination rates. All of these issues are violations of state law.

"Minnesota's seed industry is very important to agriculture and conservation efforts," said Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson. "We are fortunate to have many reputable native seed producers that benefit conservation and pollinator habitat. However, a few bad players can bring in invasive weeds. It is important we are vigilant as we try to better our landscapes."

The agency urges producers to ask the seed vendor to provide you a copy of the seed label before buying the seed. Also be sure the seed has been tested and confirmed free of Palmer amaranth.

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