Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: This rule expands one of the prohibited contaminates in sod quality seed from a single species, known as rattail fescue, to the entire Vulpia genus. This modification will prevent the certification of a sod quality seed lot that contains a contaminate that is detrimental in sod turf production.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 16-302-410.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 15.49.310.
Other Authority: Chapter 34.05 RCW.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 06-11-147 on May 23, 2006.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: July 19, 2006.
Robert W. Gore
for Valoria Loveland
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 03-18-072, filed 8/29/03, effective 9/29/03)
WAC 16-302-410 Standards for sod quality seed. (1) Except for ryegrass sod quality seed, seed standards for sod quality grass seed are as follows:
|Variety||Minimum Purity||Minimum Germination||Maximum*
|*||Must be free of ryegrass, orchardgrass, timothy, Agrostis sp., black medic, Poa trivialis, brome, reed canarygrass, tall fescue, clover, and meadow foxtail. Maximum allowable Canada bluegrass .02%. When the base sample is one of these kinds, the species will not be considered a contaminant (i.e., tall fescue in tall fescue).|
|**||Must be free of Big, Canby and Sandberg bluegrass, dock, chickweed, crabgrass, plantain, short-awn foxtail, annual
bluegrass, velvetgrass, ((
|Variety||Minimum Purity||Germination****||Other Crop*||Maximum Weed***|
|*||Must be free of black medic, orchardgrass, timothy, Agrostis sp., Poa trivialis, brome, reed canarygrass, tall fescue, clover and meadow foxtail. Maximum allowable Canada bluegrass 0.02%.|
|**||Maximum fluorescence levels as determined by breeder or variety owner.|
|***||Must be free of Big, Canby and Sandberg bluegrass, ((
|****||85% minimum germination allowed on ryegrass varieties as designated by the breeder or variety owner. See list maintained by the seed program.|
(4) In addition to a seed certification tag, seed meeting sod quality certified seed standards will be tagged with a special "sod quality seed" tag.
[Statutory Authority: Chapters 15.49 and 34.05 RCW. 03-18-072, § 16-302-410, filed 8/29/03, effective 9/29/03; 02-12-060, § 16-302-410, filed 5/30/02, effective 6/30/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 15.49.005, 15.49.081, 15.49.310, 15.49.370(3) and chapter 17.24 RCW. 00-24-077, § 16-302-410, filed 12/4/00, effective 1/4/01.]