WSR 08-23-055

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed November 14, 2008, 11:52 a.m. , effective December 15, 2008 ]


Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

Purpose: This rule-making order creates a "quality timothy seed program" whereby the producers and distributors of timothy seed will have a mechanism to properly test and screen timothy seed lots. Consumers of timothy seed will be able to identify high quality seed lots suitable for producing export quality timothy hay. This voluntary program will reduce redundant testing, streamline the marketing process, and allow the timothy hay growers to purchase the highest quality seed lots available.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapters 15.49 and 34.05 RCW.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 08-19-116 on September 17, 2008.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 4, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 4, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: November 14, 2008.

Robert W. Gore

Acting Director

OTS-1923.1


NEW SECTION
WAC 16-302-740   What are the standards for quality timothy seed certification?   (1) The general seed certification definitions and standards found in WAC 16-302-005 through 16-302-130, the grass seed certification standards found in WAC 16-302-320 through 16-302-390, and the requirements found in WAC 16-302-745 through 16-302-755 constitute the standards for quality timothy seed certification.

(2) Fees for quality timothy seed certification are assessed by the certifying agency as established in chapter 16-303 WAC.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 16-302-745   Seed certification requirements.   (1) In order for a seed lot to be eligible for quality timothy seed certification it must meet field and seed certification standards as defined in WAC 16-302-330 through 16-302-385.

(2) For a timothy seed lot that has already been certified, a copy of the certification tag must be submitted as proof of certification.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 16-302-750   Official sampling requirements.   The seed test for the quality timothy seed program must be conducted on an officially drawn sample taken in accordance with WAC 16-302-090.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 16-302-755   Standards for quality timothy seed.   (1) Seed standards for quality timothy grass seed are as follows:


Minimum Purity Minimum Viability by Germination or TZ Test Maximum Other Crop* Maximum Weed**
Timothy seed 97% 85% 0.2% .02%
Purity component percentages are based on 1 gram sample size as prescribed by the AOSA rules.

* Must be free of ryegrass, orchardgrass, Agrostis sp., Poa sp., brome, reed canarygrass, tall fescue, and meadow foxtail.
Must be free of the above listed contaminants based upon a 50 gram examination.

** Must be free of alfilaria (redstem filaree), bromus sp., Chickweed, Henbit, Poa sp., wild carrot, and prohibited noxious weeds listed in WAC 16-301-045 and restricted noxious weeds listed in WAC 16-301-050.
Must be free of the above listed contaminants based upon a 50 gram examination.

(2) A quality timothy seed analysis certificate is the basis of determining if a lot meets the quality timothy seed standards. This certificate is issued by the certifying agency and represents a purity test, a 50 gram noxious, all weed, all crop exam, and a viability test.

(3) Seed meeting quality timothy seed standards will be tagged with a "quality timothy seed" tag.

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