Officials warn farmers to be wary of bad seedsby Dan Gunderson, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — The seed sold to farmers must be tested and certified to insure quality.
Chuck Dale at the state Agriculture Department said there may be a temptation to sell poor quality seed this year.
Seed prices are high and there could be shortages.
"Soybeans may become short, we're hearing about some problems with the soybean seed production year last year and at least for some varieties there may be a shortage in some areas, and that can be a temptation for some if they see a chance for more than normal profit," explained Dale.
Dale said wheat seed may also be in short supply. He said it appeared farmers will plant more wheat this year because of high prices.
Dale said farmers should buy their seed early this year and avoid buying seed that isn't labeled.
Selling seed that hasn't been certified is a federal crime.