This website was last revised on May 14, 2018. The WAC chapters that are linked to have not been updated to show the rules that will go into effect on May 28, so in an effort to broadcast the changes we have summarized them below. The content here reflects the filed amendments.

Effective May 28, 2018, the following amendments (shown in bold) have been made to Washington Seed Certification Rules:

WAC 16-302-050 Submitting an application for seed certification.

(1) Seed certification application due dates are:
(a) For seed certified by the department: Alfalfa, clover, grasses and rapeseed (seedling applications) – Within sixty days of planting. Seedling applications will not be accepted if received more than one hundred five days after planting.
(b) Hybrid canola or hybrid rapeseed – Fall plantings February 1st; Spring plantings – Twenty-one days after planting.
(c) Sunflower twenty-one days after planting.
(d) Notification of a seedling field to be harvested for certification the same year of planting is due July 31st with the required fees.
(i) Bean – July 1st.(ii) Corn – June 1st.
(iii) Industrial hemp – Twenty-one days after planting.
(2) For seed certified by the Washington state crop improvement association (WSCIA) seed certification application due dates are:
(a) Fall planted small grains, peas and lentils – April 1st.
(b) Spring planted small grains, peas, lentils, and millet – June 1st.
(c) Chickpeas – Within twenty-eight days of planting.
(d) Hybrid small grains – Fall plantings February 1st; spring plantings – Twenty-one days after planting.
(e) Buckwheat and soybean – July 1st.
(f) Sorghum – July 15th.
(g) Forest tree seed certification – Refer to specific crop requirements in chapter 16-319 WAC.
(3) An application for seed certification must be submitted to the certifying agency each year a grower plans to produce seed for certification of annual crops (beans, peas, grain).
(4) A renewal application for seed certification must be submitted to the certifying agency after a stand is established each year that a grower plans to produce seed for certification of perennial crops (alfalfa, clover, grass). Due dates for renewal applications are as follows:
(a) Alfalfa and clover – June 15th.(b) Grass – May 1st.(5) Applications received after the due date are assessed a late application fee.
(6) No renewal application for seed certification may be accepted after the due date if a field inspection cannot be conducted prior to harvest except at the discretion of the certifying agency.

WAC 16-302-560 Miscellaneous field and seed inspection standards for buckwheat, chickpea, field pea, lentil, millet, soybean, sorghum, small grain seed certification.

(1) Field inspection timing for buckwheat, chickpea, field pea, lentil, millet, soybean, sorghum, small grain seed entered in the certification program are:
(a) For field pea and lentil – When seed crop is in full bloom;
(b) For chickpea (garbanzo bean) – When seed crop is mature enough to differentiate leaf type (compound or simple leaf type), with a second inspection occurring between full bloom and late pod stage for registered and foundation class. Certified class requires a second inspection at late pod stage if ascochyta blight is observed during the first inspection;
(c) For soybean – When seed crop is in full bloom and of mature color;
(d) For open pollinated sorghum – When seed crop is in full bloom, and optionally again when seed crop begins to show mature color;
(e) For hybrid sorghum – Two inspections during bloom and one inspection after seed begins to show mature color;
(f) For small grains – When seed crop is fully headed and of mature color;
(g) For millet – One inspection during bloom and one inspection after seed begins to show mature color; and
(h) For buckwheat – One inspection when seed crop is in full bloom.

The rest of the miscellaneous standards can be viewed online at WAC 16-302-560.

Isolation Requirements for Field Pea (WAC 16-302-660), Lentil (16-302-665), and Chickpea (16-302-690) have been standardized to:

Foundation class production: 25′ isolation required from other varieties of the same crop.
Registered class production: 10′ isolation required from other varieties of the same crop.
Certified class production: 10′ isolation required from other varieties of the same crop.
For all classes, only 3′ of isolation is required between fields is required if the neighboring field is producing a certified class of seed of the same variety.

Land History Requirements (years out of crop) have also been revised for Field Pea and Chickpea. No changes were made to Lentil land requirements.

Years Required Between Crops

Seed Class being Produced Field Pea Chickpea
Foundation 3 years 2 years
Registered 2 years 1 year
Certified 2 years 1  year

The full Field Pea standards can be found in WAC 16-302-660, and chickpea in 16-320-690.

Please contact our office at 509-334-0461 if you have any questions about these or other standards for seed certification of small grains, pulse crops, or any of the other crops certified by WSCIA.