Prepared Pursuant to M.S. 21.112
In order to help determine if any late season spread of certain virus diseases has occurred, all fields of Generation, Primary Foundation and Foundation class seed are sampled at harvest for additional testing during the winter. Minnesota's winter test standards require that there be no more than one half of one percent of any or all virus diseases, and no spindle tuber or chemical damage detected in the sample.
Limited Generation certified seed potatoes must originate from pathogen tested in vitro plantlets and may be replanted for certification only a limited number of years. The classification of a Limited Generation seed lot changes each year that it is in the field, going sequentially from Generation 1 through Generation 6.
Conventional certified seed potatoes are initiated by clonal selection and the tuber unit technique on a primary foundation seed farm. Seed produced from a tuber unit plot is classified as Primary Foundation 1. The following year, Primary Foundation 1 seed is planted to produce Primary Foundation 2 seed. The seed then leaves the primary foundation farm and goes to a foundation seed farm where it is increased as Foundation class seed. Seed lots not meeting Primary Foundation or Foundation requirements are classified as Certified.
The BLUE tag is issued on lots that have met all field and storage inspection requirements as well as standards higher than the U.S. No. 1 Seed Grade for size, condition and physical defects.
The YELLOW tag is issued on lots that have met the same certification requirements as blue tag, however, there is a higher grade tolerance for certain physical defects and mechanical injury.
The WHITE tag is issued on lots meeting the same certification requirements as yellow tag, except that grade is according to agreement between buyer and seller as to size and certain defects.
Seed lot classifications shown in this directory are based only on field inspection results. Final classification is contingent upon a tuber sample being submitted and passing the winter test.
Lot = A field designation assigned by the grower for identification and record keeping purposes.
* = Indicates a field was tested for Potato Virus X and showed no more than 3% infection.
A variety may be protected by the Plant Variety Protection (PVP) Act. Buyers should validate the status of the variety from the vendors and variety owner.
A certification does not represent a warranty of any kind, expressed or implied, including merchantability, as to the quality of the crop produced from the certified seed potatoes. A certification represents only that the seed potatoes were produced, graded, sacked or placed in bulk, and inspected in accordance with Minnesota Rules Parts 1555.6720 to 1555.6950.
Beginning with the 2011 seed potato crop, Minnesota has changed the seed class designation on the Limited Generation System. These classes of certified seed potatoes in Minnesota are now designated by the true age of the seed. The first year of field production is now referred to as Generation 1 (G1), the second year of field production is now referred to as Generations 2 (G2) and so on down the line through Generations 6 (G6). So now, when you buy certified seed potatoes from Minnesota, you can be assured you are getting the true age of the seed. Please refer to the Limited Generation Chart in this directory.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture Seed Potato Program certification confirms that each lot of potatoes in this directory have met the standards or requirements of State law, including but not limited to variety name and presence or absence of disease. This directory may also include line selection/varietal strains of certain identifiable varieties. This is indicated as “source documented as”. Although the certification tag may designate variety, strain or line selection names, that information is derived solely from the documentation supplied by the applicant for certification. Individual seed growers may have developed, or obtained from another source, lines/strains that possess yield, maturity, vine or tuber characteristics that may be different from the variety as originally described and named. A line/strain cannot usually be distinguished from the parent potato variety by conventional certification methods or by laboratory testing means. The seed grower is responsible for informing the seed buyer about line/strain existence and characteristics. Seed buyers should ask seed sellers about lines/strains that may be included among the seed lots listed.
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Perry Paschke - Plant Industry Inspector II
Michael Bothum - Plant Industry Inspector II
Jim Horton - Plant Industry Inspector II
Eric Byre - Plant Industry Inspector II
Jeff Miller – Seed Potato Specialist
Jackie Anderson – Office & Administrative Specialist