Specific Work Instructions: Special Crops and New Crop Inspection Procedures

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Date

This version of the Pedigreed Special Crops and New Crops Inspection Procedures was issued April 1, 2018.

Contact

The contact person for this Seed Program Specific Work Instruction (SWI) is the National Manager, Seed Section. Comments regarding the content of this document should be addressed to the National Manager at cfia.seed-semence.acia@canada.ca.

Review

This Seed Program SWI is subject to periodic review. Amendments will be issued to ensure the SWI continues to meet current needs.

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This Seed Program SWI is hereby approved.

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0.0 Introduction

The purpose of pedigreed seed crop inspection is to provide an unbiased inspection and complete a Report of Seed Crop Inspection for the Canadian Seed Growers' Association (CSGA) on the isolation, condition, and purity of the crop. It is the seed crop inspector's responsibility to describe the crop as observed at the time of inspection.

1.0 Scope

This Seed Program Specific Work Instruction (SWI) outlines the procedures that a seed crop inspector will follow in inspecting buckwheat, camelina, canaryseed, industrial hemp, flax, millet, niger, dill, safflower, sorghum, sunflower, tobacco, sugar beet, hybrid asparagus, herbs and spice crops for pedigreed status. These crop inspection procedures allow the CSGA to determine that seed crops grown meet the crop standards and requirements for varietal purity as specified by the CSGA's Canadian Regulations and Procedures for Pedigreed Seed Crop Production (Circular 6).

2.0 References

The publications referred to in the development of this SWI are those identified in SPRA 101 Definitions, Acronyms, and References and for the Seed Program. In addition, the following were used:

3.0 Definitions and Acronyms

3.1 Definitions

For the purposes of this SWI the definitions given in SPRA 101 Definitions and the following apply,

Dioecious
Having male and female flowers on separate plants
Hybrid
The first generation progeny of a cross between two different plants of the same species often resulting in a plant that is more vigorous or desirable than either parent.
Monoecious
Having male and female flowers on the same plant; and unisexual female hybrids
Off-types
Plants in a seed crop which deviate in one or more characteristics from the official description of the variety.
Sengbusch Scale
a scale used in monoecious variety descriptions that identifies the type or acceptable ratio of male flowers to female flowers
Too male
a monoecious plant that appears to have more than 80% male flowers
Variant
Any seed or plant which (a) is distinct within the variety but occurs naturally within the variety, (b) is stable and predictable with a degree of reliability compared to other varieties of the same kind, within known tolerances and (c) was originally part of the variety as released. It is not an off-type.

3.2 Acronyms

AOSCA
Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies
CSGA
Canadian Seed Growers' Association
PRS
Product Registration System
QSP
Quality System Procedure
SPRA
Seed Program Regulatory Authority
SWI
Specific Work Instruction

4.0 Specific Inspection Procedures

4.1 Inspection Requirements

Canaryseed (also known as annual canarygrass), oilseed flax, flue cured tobacco, buckwheat, safflower and oilseed and confectionery sunflower varieties require variety registration.

Fibre flax, industrial hemp, millet, niger, dill, sorghum, coriander, camelina, fenugreek, asparagus, sugar beet, burley, cigar and dark tobacco do not require variety registration. Descriptions are available from CSGA or the grower. Industrial hemp variety descriptions often provide useful information on acceptable variant levels and, for monoecious varieties, a Sengbusch scale that identifies the type or acceptable ratio of male flowers to female flowers. For crops not described in this document, in addition to the variety description, the seed crop inspector must contact the CSGA to obtain information on inspection requirements.

Other inspection requirements follow below:

  • For flax, inspections should be performed in the morning when the plants are in full bloom.
  • For industrial hemp, Foundation seed requires a minimum of two inspections. The first inspection must be made before female flowers (pistillate) of the inspected crop are receptive and after the formation of male flowers (staminate), but preferably before pollen shed. The second inspection must be conducted within three weeks after the first inspection, during the receptive stage of the female plants in the inspected crop. A third inspection may be necessary if off-type female plants are found in earlier inspections and should be conducted when off-type female flowers can be identified. For Certified and Registered crops, dioecious seed crops must be inspected after flowering when male plants are beginning to senesce, and monoecious seed crops must have two inspections, one just before or at early flowering and one up to three weeks later. These inspections must be recorded on the Hemp Inspection Report form in SeedCert.
  • For tobacco, three inspections must be made, one of the seedbed and two of the seed plot. The first inspection is done in late May, as seedlings still in the greenhouse. The tag is verified at that time (as tobacco is grown using Breeder seed), the greenhouse is checked to make sure that the seedlings are physically separated from all other tobacco plants. Usually, the grower will have a separate greenhouse for the pedigreed tobacco, but sometimes will have to use a physical barrier in the same greenhouse. The second inspection is done in July before flowering to check isolation in the crop from other tobacco crops. The third inspection is done in late August when the plants are in full flower, and differences in the flowers and plants can be seen.
  • For open-pollinated sorghum, crops producing Foundation and Registered seed must be given at least two crop inspections. The first inspection is done at the one-half bloom stage. The second inspection must be made after the seed begins to assume a mature colour. Certified seed crops must be given at least one inspection before harvest but after the seed begins to assume a mature colour. Individual inspections should be documented using the Records of Inspection for Sorghum/Millet found in Appendix II. The records must be attached to the final Report of Seed Crop Inspection.
  • For hybrid sorghum, Certified crops of commercial hybrids or Foundation seed stocks must be given at least three inspections. Two inspections of the seed parent must be made during bloom, one in early bloom and one in full bloom. One inspection must be made before harvest but after the seed begins to assume mature colour. Individual inspections should be documented using the Records of Inspection for Sorghum/Millet found in Appendix II. The records must be attached to the final Report of Seed Crop Inspection.
  • For safflower, coriander, niger, dill, camelina, hybrid pearl millet, hybrid asparagus and fenugreek, one inspection must be performed during the bloom stage but not before at least fifty percent of the plants are showing one or more blossoms.
  • For sugar beet, two inspections are required, one when plants are at the early leaf stage and the second when plants are flowering.
  • For self-pollinated foxtail and proso millet, one inspection is required after the crop is headed and the seed begins to assume a mature colour.
  • For cross-pollinated foxtail and proso millet, crops eligible to produce Foundation and Registered seed require two inspections. The first is when 50% of plants are showing one or more flowers. The second inspection is made before harvest and after the seed begins to assume a mature colour. Individual inspections should be documented using the Records of Inspection for Sorghum/Millet found in Appendix II. The records must be attached to the final Report of Seed Crop Inspection.
  • For open pollinated sunflower, one inspection must be performed after the crop is at least fifty percent in bloom and before it is fully matured.
  • For buckwheat and canaryseed, one inspection must be completed when the crop is in bloom.

4.2 Crop Inspection

  • The plot must be presented in a manner that allows the inspector to access and inspect the crop. It may be necessary, however, to reduce the size of the count from 10,000 plants to 1000 for industrial hemp if the crop is planted with high seeding rates or in narrow rows making it difficult for the seed crop inspector to perform the traditional six counts of 10,000 plants/count. The number of counts will then have to increase. For example, if the count size is reduced to 1000 plants then a minimum of 15 counts should be performed for Foundation and Registered crop production, and a minimum of 10 counts for Certified production. For Foundation plot production, a minimum of 20 counts should be done.
  • For sorghum and millet, if six counts of 10000 plants are not possible, ten counts of 1000 plants are performed for a total of 10000 plants.
  • For niger and dill crops, six counts of 30 sq. m each are required for crops for Foundation status and six counts of 10 sq. m each are required for crops for Certified status.
  • For coriander crops, six counts of 30 sq. m each are required for crops for Foundation and Registered status and six counts of 10 sq. m each are required for crops for Certified status.
  • The isolation distances for sugar beet vary according to the potential pedigreed status of the crop, the ploidy level, the pollination source. The seed crop inspector must consult CSGA's Circular 6.
  • For hybrid asparagus, isolation distances vary depending on whether the seed crop is produced in an open environment or an enclosed environment that is in good condition. To be considered in good condition, the mesh (or contained environment) must be free from any breaks in the mesh fabric and the fabric is small enough mesh to prevent pollen escape. Greenhouses with opening windows/vents must have these screens in order to prevent pollen escape. If the environment is not in good condition, an explanation of the problems is required in "Comments". An environment in poor condition means that the mesh obviously cannot prevent pollen escape.

4.3 Completion of the Report of Seed Crop Inspection

The following are key factors in the completion of the report:

  • For flax, the time of day the crop was inspected and the percentage of plants in flower must be recorded in the "Comments" section of the Report of Seed Crop Inspection.
  • For industrial hemp the Hemp Inspection report(s) must be completed.
  • Tobacco, millet, sorghum, hybrid sorghum, industrial hemp, sunflower, safflower and buckwheat are open pollinated crops, therefore, they require large isolation distances. The distance to potentially contaminating crops must be recorded in the Open Pollinated Crops section of the Report of Seed Crop Inspection. For example, if none, state "None within _m of crop", where _m is the isolation requirement.

4.4 Completion of the Report of Seed Crop Inspection

Appendices

Appendix I: Record of inspection for hybrid sorghum/millet

Grower/Applicant Name space for the Grower/Applicant Name

Variety Name space for the Variety Name

Grower/Applicant Address space for the Grower/Applicant Address

CSGA Grower No. space for the Canadian Seed Growers' Association's number Seq. No. space for the Sequence number Field No. space for the Field number
Crop Code space for the Crop Code Acres space for the Acres

Dates of Inspections

First space for the First Dates of Inspections

Second space for the Second Dates of Inspections

Isolation - Date inspected:
Width (m) Description of isolation strip Isolation conditions: Good Isolation conditions: Fair Isolation conditions: Poor Adjacent Land contains: (variety and kind if applicable)
East
South
West
North
First Inspection
Inspection Date Impurity Description 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Sub-Total Counts
Time in:
Time out:
Second Inspection
Inspection Date Impurity Description:
Definite impurities/
Doubfull impurities
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Sub-Total Counts
Time in:
Time out:

Appendix II: Diseases that May Affect Plant Appearance

Hemp

Sclerotinia
The symptoms include premature ripening and pale-grey or white lesions on stems, branches and pods. Sclerotia form within the stems, branches and pods. Severely infected crops frequently lodge, shatter at swathing, and make swathing more time consuming.

Flax

Aster Yellows
The symptoms of aster yellows infection in flax are easy to recognize and are most conspicuous during and after flowering. Leaves in the upper half of affected shoots are a bright yellow and do not turn brown. Flower parts all become leaf like and are greenish yellow. Healthy and diseased shoots may occur on the same plant. Severely diseased plants are stunted.
Crinkle
Crinkle in flax is characterized by stunting, reduced tillering, puckering of leaves and reduced seed production, although flowers may appear normal.
Phialophora asteris
Symptoms appear near flowering time when leaves turn a dull, light green. Large areas of the leaf soon turn dull yellow, usually starting at the apex and leaf margins and extending inwards. The vascular tissue turns brown. Symptoms develop first on the lower leaves and then on leaves higher up the stem. Severely diseased plants are stunted and flower heads may be sterile.

Buckwheat

Downy Mildew
Symptoms can be seen at all growth stages. Large chlorotic lesions and stunting are characteristic symptoms.

Canaryseed

Septoria Leaf Mottle
Lower leaves that have been shaded by a dense canopy may have a distinctive symptom - "green islands". Green islands are infected spots that remain green as the rest of the leaf yellows. Close inspection of the diseased area or discoloured leaf tips will reveal a large number of pycnidia (small black spore-producing bodies) that look like pepper sprinkled on the leaf. A magnifying glass will assist in identifying pycnidia that are embedded within the leaf. Under wet conditions, pycnidia ooze golden brown globs of spores that spread to healthy leaves by rain splash. In severe infestations, the pycnidia can cover the entire plant including the head.

Appendix III: Descriptions of Special Crop Species

Safflower

Safflower, a member of the Asteraceae family, is a branching, thistle like herbaceous plant with numerous spines on its leaves and bracts. It produces a white achene which is usually smooth and may or may not come with tufts of hair on the end adjacent to the plant. Stems elongate quickly and branch extensively with the angle of the branching ranging from thirty to seventy degrees. Each stem has a flower capitulum, enclosed by clasping bracts which are usually spiny.

Flowering begins in the outer circle of florets and moves towards the center of the capitulum. Total bloom can last up to four weeks or more depending on the growing conditions. Shades of orange, yellow and red flowers are produced early in bloom and become darker with maturity. It is possible for white flowers to develop but it does not occur on a regular basis.

Leaf sizes vary greatly depending on the environment and the variety being grown. Leaf sizes can range from 2.5-5.0 cm wide and from 10-15 cm long. Lower leaves are deeply serrated and generally are spineless. Further up the stem, the leaves develop strong hard spines by full flowering. Some varieties have been developed which are free of spines.

When inspecting safflower, inspection staff should protect themselves from the sharp spines on the plants by wearing an extra layer of clothing and proper foot attire.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

  • Plant growth habit
  • Plant height
  • Leaf length/shape
  • Leaf margins
  • Leaf colour
  • Flower primary head shape
  • Primary head diameter
  • Flower colour
  • Flowering time
  • Spines on Outer Involucral Bracts
  • Spine Location
  • Seed colour
  • Seed shape

Hemp

Hemp varieties may be dioecious with separate male and female plants, unisexual hybrids with sterile male and fertile female flowers on the same plant or monoecious with both male and female flowers on the same plant,

In male flowers, five petals make up the calyx and may be yellow, white or green in colour. They hang down and five stamens emerge. Male plants flower ten to fourteen days earlier than female or monoecious plants. Male plants increase in height quicker than the female and monoecious plants. Male plants also have fewer leaves near the top. After pollen shedding, the male plant dies.

The flowering shoot of the female plant (and the female portion of the monoecious plant) is leafy and compact. The tiny female flower is hidden within the bract and two tiny styles emerge when the flower is ready for pollination. In monoecious plants, the female flowers on a given branch open first, followed by the opening of the male flowers on the tips of the same branch.

Monoecious varieties of hemp also contain varying numbers of intersexual plants, i.e., plants that are neither male, female nor truly monoecious. Intersexual plants may complicate inspections of industrial hemp crops since they have both female and male flowers but usually the male flowers greatly outnumber the female flowers.

Since hemp is a heavy pollinator, inspection staff may choose to take precaution when conducting the inspection by wearing a mask.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

  • Plant height
  • Flowering type
  • Flowering date
  • Sex expression in dioecious types
  • Degree of branching
  • Stem internode length*
  • Stem thickness and colour*
  • Anthocyanin presence in male flowers
  • Leaf size and colour*
  • Avg. no. leaflets/leaf*
  • Middle leaflet length and width*
  • Leaf colour
  • Presence and intensity of anthocyanin in leaf and leaf stalk*

*These observations should be made at the centre third of the plant

Flax

Flax is an annual plant that grows to a height of 40-91 cm (16-36 in.), depending on variety, plant density, soil fertility and available moisture. Flax is self-pollinating, but from 0.3 to 2% outcrossing may occur under normal circumstances. Insects are the primary agents of outcrossing. The life cycle of the flax plant consists of a 45-60 day vegetative period, a 15-25 day flowering period and a maturation period of 30 to 40 days). Water stress, high temperature and disease can shorten any of these growth periods. Although there is a period of intense flowering, a small number of flowers may continue to appear right up to maturity. During the ripening process, under high soil moisture and fertility, stems may remain green and new growth may occur leading to a second period of intense flowering.

The flax plant has one main stem, but two or more branches (tillers) may develop from the base of the plant when plant density is low and soil nitrogen is high. The main stem and branches give rise to a multi-branched, irregular arrangement of flowers. Flower opening begins shortly after sunrise on clear, warm days and petals are shed in the early afternoon. The flower parts, (petals, sepals and anthers) all occur in units of five.

Flax varieties may be distinguished by the colour of the flower parts which can range from a dark to a very light blue, white or pale pink. The anthers are a shade of blue or are yellow. The style and filaments that bear the anthers are blue or colourless.

The mature fruit of the flax plant is a dry boll or capsule. Ripening of the boll begins 20-25 days after flowering. The boll has five segments which are divided by a wall (septum). Each segment produces two seeds separated by a low partition called a "false septum", whose margin may be hairy or smooth, depending on the variety. With complete seed set, the boll contains ten seeds, though an average of six to eight seeds per boll is usual. When ripe, the bolls of Canadian varieties are slightly gaping, that is, the boll opens at the apex and the five segments separate slightly along the margin. The bolls rarely open so far as to allow the seeds to fall out.

Flax seeds are flat, oval, and are pointed at one end. A thousand seeds weigh from about 5-7 g (less than 1 oz.), depending on variety and growing conditions. Seed of different varieties range in colour from light to dark reddish brown or yellow. Mottled seed, a combination of yellow and brown on the same seed, is the result of external, environmental conditions and is not an inherited characteristic. The seed is covered with a coating (mucilage) that gives it a high shine and causes the seed to become sticky when wet. At times, this mucilage absorbs moisture from the air, causing the mature seeds to stick to the boll surface. This removes the shine on the seeds, giving them a scabby appearance which results in a reduced grade.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

  • Hypocotyl anthocyanin
  • Plant height
  • Flower shape
  • Corolla size
  • Petal length/width/colour
  • Sepal dotting
  • Filament tip colour
  • Filament base colour
  • Anther colour
  • Style tip and base colours
  • Capsule size
  • Ciliation of false septa
  • Seed colour

Buckwheat

Common buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum) likely originated in central and western China and was brought to Europe during the Middle Ages. It is not a member of the grass family and thus is not a "true" cereal. The erect plant grows from 2-5 feet and has heart-shaped leaves and brown, gray-brown or black triangular seeds. Buckwheat performs best in cool, moist climates. It has a short growing period of 80 to 90 days. Because its growth habit is indeterminate, its seed crop does not mature all at one time.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

  • Stem colour
  • Stem thickness
  • Leaf size
  • Leaf shape
  • Leaf colour
  • Plant height
  • Flower colour
  • Terminal inflorescence density
  • Seed colour
  • Seed shape

Sorghum

Sorghum plants range in height from 61 cm to 6 m. The solid stalks are coarse, and vary in diameter from 1-5 cm. The stalks are coarse, juicy or pithy, sweet or nonsweet. Each plant has 7-20 nodes and internodes. A leaf sheath arises from each node, and in dwarf varieties the sheaths overlap. Leaf blades arise from each leaf sheath, arranged on opposite sides of the stalk, resulting in an alternate leaf arrangement. Leaves are similar in shape to those of corn, but are generally narrower and there is great variation in leaf length and width among varieties.

Sorghum has an extensive, fine and fibrous root system enabling it to extract more moisture from the soil and therefore allowing it to avoid or reduce drought stress. Some varieties are suited to as little as 25 cm of seasonal rainfall.

Sorghum is a self-pollinated crop with no known barriers to cross-fertilization. Cross pollination occurs at a rate ranging from 2-35 % and averages at about 5-6 %. Cross pollination is achieved by wind and air currents.

Grain is borne on a branched, terminal panicle that ranges from compact to loose to open. Seed branches arise in whorls and terminate in spikelets containing paired florets. The fertile sessile spikelet has two outer glumes, a sterile lower floret and a fertile upper floret. The sterile floret is able to produce pollen.

Fertile florets contain three stamens and an ovary with two long styles and feathery stigmas arising in a membranous lemma and palea. An awn, if present, arises from the lemma of the fertile floret. At the base of the floret are two lodiculae. The glumes, enclosing the spikelets may be black, red brown or straw-coloured.

Flowering proceeds from the top of the panicle downward over a four to seven day period. Stigmas remain receptive for up to two days and from 5-16 days if unpollinated, depending on environmental conditions. Cool, wet weather delays flowering.

Between 800 and 3 000 kernels are carried on a single panicle. Grain is small in size and varies from 2.36 to 4.29 mm in diameter. Seeds from a single panicle may vary up to 10 % in weight according to their position at the top, middle or bottom portions of the panicle. For some hybrids the top kernels are larger, for others the bottom kernels are larger.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

  • Flowering date
  • Plant height
  • Compactness of head
  • Maturity date
  • Leaf size
  • Presence of awns
  • Seed colour

Millet

The term millet is broadly applied to over 140 species belonging to the genus Pennisetum. The name is a compound form of the Latin words meaning farther and bristle, a term that describes the floral aspects of the spike of some millet species.

Pearl millet is a robust, very rapid growing, erect, tropical, annual, cross pollinated bunch grass. It is an extremely variable species. Culms are solid and pithy and the plants are generally 0.5 to 5 m in height. Culms may be thick or slender, simple or branched. Plant parts such as the sheath, leaves, and nodes may be smooth or hairy and range in colour from green, purple, and red to golden yellow.

Plants usually have 6-12 internodes with a leaf sheath arising from each node, nine internodes being most common. The initial above-ground internode is the shortest, the uppermost or peduncle the longest. In addition to the above-ground internodes there is a group of very closely spaced internodes underground, giving rise to primary tillers.

Leaf sheaths are split and have a prominent ligule (5 mm) at the juncture of the leaf sheath and blade. Leaf blades are up to 1.5 m (5ft) long and 7 cm wide and long and pointed with small saw like teeth on the margins. Leaves have a prominent midrib, often pubescent throughout. The inflorescence of pearl millet consists of a single, terminal, dense, cylindrical, spikelike ear somewhat tapering toward the tip. The head is a mostly unbranched false spike ranging in length from 2.5-205 cm and in width from 0.8-5.5 cm. A rosette of bracts consisting of bristles and spikelets united at the base and known as an involucre subtends a flower cluster arising from the central rachis. Involucre bracts may drop off or persist at maturity. The involucre itself is borne on stalks about 2.5 cm in length and exhibits fine hairs to finger like projections or bristles. One to nine fertile spikelets, 3-7 mm long and borne on a 2 mm long pedicels or rachillae, are present in each involucre. A single spikelet is really a secondary spike having one upper and one lower floret. The lower floret is staminate or sterile; the upper perfect or fertile floret has three anthers and a pistil with two feathery stylar branches enclosed between the lemma and the palea. The anthers are large enough for effective cross-pollination.

Under natural conditions, pearl millet can self-pollinate when one tiller head that reaches anthesis before other tillers on the same plant. Self-pollination can occur at a rate up to 31%. On large heads, later-emerging stigmas may be pollinated by anthers on the same head, as pollen is shed over a 4-7 day period on one head. Stigmas remain receptive for three days, and pollination is accomplished mainly by wind.

Generally, one day after the stigmas have emerged, the anthers start emerging from the centre of the head toward the tip. Anthers emerge in two distinct waves. The first wave involves the perfect flowers and the second involves staminate flowers.

Pearl millet anthers have a tuft of fine hair on their tips. Their function is believed to be a way of reducing the speed of anther release. Millet pollen remains viable for an extended period up to seven hours.

Flowering of plants with many tillers occurs on a 7-21 day period. Stigmas emerge when mature, regardless whether or not the head has emerged from the leaf sheath thereby restricting seed set because of lack of pollination. Anthesis starts from the upper third of the head and proceeds towards the base.

Seeds range in colour from light gray, deep gray, and pearly amber to deep yellow and purple. Most common seeds are yellowish gray with a reddish tinge on the embryo.

Seed is smaller than corn, but size is greatly variable. Seeds are typically obovoid, 3-4 mm long and 2.25 mm wide. Seed protrude from the lemma and palea at maturity, making them susceptible to damage from birds. At maturity, the spike changes from green to brown.

Foxtail millet and proso millet (Panicum miliaceum) are much shorter than pearl millet, growing only 1-4 feet in height. The seeds remain enclosed in hulls after threshing. Weedy proso millet is commonly called broomcorn.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

  • Flower size, branching and density
  • Flowering date
  • Plant height
  • Stem colour and branching
  • Flag leaf sheath length and pubescence
  • Flag leaf blade length and pubescence
  • Maturity date

Canaryseed

Canaryseed (Phalaris canariensis), or annual canarygrass, is a major component of feed mixtures for caged and wild birds. The seedlings resemble green foxtail or corn seedlings, are finely leafed, and purple to red at the base of the stem. Mature plants are approximately 1 m in height and have small compact heads. Tiny, sharp hairs made of silica at the base of the seed of older varieties make canaryseed dust very irritating to the skin during harvest and handling.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

  • Leaf length and width
  • Inflorescence length and width
  • Plant height
  • Maturity date
  • Pubescence of lemma, palea and glumes

Sunflower

Sunflower is a member of the Asteraceae or Composite family and the genus Helianthus comprises both herbaceous and perennial species. Sunflowers are tall annuals. Modern cultivated varieties of sunflower reach a plant height of between 1.5 and 2.5 m at flowering and have strong taproots, from which deeply-penetrating lateral roots develop. There is one apical inflorescence on a stem of 20-30 leaves. The stem is hairy and becomes very fibrous as the plant matures. Leaves are large, dark green and roughly heart shaped, and they have a wrinkled surface and prominent veins. The leaves are individually stalked and arranged round the stem in such a fashion that light interception is maximised. The flower head typically has a maximum diameter of 15-30 cm. The head is composed of 1000-2000 individual flowers joined to a receptacle. The flowers around the circumference are ligulate ray flowers that do not have stamens or pistils. The remaining flowers are disk flowers, which are arranged in arcs radiating from the centre of the head. Varietal differences in maturity are usually associated with changes in vegetative period before the head is visible.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

  • Hypocotyl anthocyanin
  • Leaf size/shape
  • Leaf number
  • Leaf colour
  • Leaf blistering
  • Leaf attitude
  • Petiole size
  • Plant height
  • Branching type
  • Head shape/number
  • Head angle at maturity
  • Flower bract pubescence
  • Flower bract shape/size
  • Ray flower number/shape/colour

Tobacco

The tobacco plant grows from 1-3 m in height and produces 10-20 leaves from its central stalk. Leaves are oval to heart-shaped to elliptic and more grow toward the base. Flowers are perfect, large, rose-pink and have swollen corolla tubes and downy undersides.

It is in flower from July to September, and the seeds ripen from August to October.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

  • Plant shape
  • Leaf shape, length and width
  • Leaf profile (straight or curved)
  • Leaf tip shape
  • Inflorescence shape
  • Plant height
  • No. of overturned leaves
  • Average no. leaves per plant
  • Flowering date
  • Degree of suckering

Niger

Niger (Guizotia abyssinica) is a leafy annual that grows to a height of approximately 1 m. The serrated leaves are lanceolate to oblong and are approximately 10 cm long. The seed may be cultivated for edible oil or for use in bird seed.

Coriander

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) is an annual plant with an erect branching stem that grows to a height of 0.5 - 1 m. Both small seeded and large seeded types are grown in Canada, although the large seeded type predominates due to earlier maturity.

There are several diseases that affect the physical appearance of coriander. Aster yellows will cause chlorosis and malformed flowers. Infected plants will often be taller than healthy plants.

Fenugreek

Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) is a self-pollinated annual legume grown as a spice or forage. The plant is erect, 30-60 cm in height with a smooth hollow stem. Alternate single trifoliate leaves are borne on a short petiole with two small stipules. The leaves are ovate and slightly toothed. The flowers may be creamy white or purple-tinged and develop in the leaf axils singly or in pairs. Pods, each bearing 10-20 seeds, are brown, narrow and sickle shaped with a sharp beak.

The seeds are irregularly rectangular in shape and approx 5 mm x 2.5 mm in size. The seed coat ranges in colour from translucent in white flowered plants to greenish brown in purplish flowered types.

Camelina

Camelina (Camelina sativa), a cruciferous crop, is grown for oil used both for cooking and fuel purposes. Common names for this species include false flax, large seeded false flax, linseed dodder and gold-of-pleasure. Both spring and winter types exist.

Camelina plants are highly branched and reach 0.3-1 m in height. Plants produce many small pale yellow or greenish yellow flowers consisting of four petals. Seed pods are approximately 0.6 cm long and the seeds are very small, pale yellow-brown, oblong and rough with a ridged surface. Seed oil content ranges from 30-40%.

This species is adapted to short season, cool climates where excessive heat during flowering does not occur.

Distinguishing characteristics:

  • oil content
  • oil composition
  • flowering date
  • maturity date
  • seed size
  • yield
  • disease resistance
  • lodging resistance

Sugar Beet

Sugar beets produce a large, succulent, white, cone-shaped root and a rosette of large leaves in the first year. If they overwinter, they produce large, branched seed stalks up to 2 m high the second year. They are pollinated by wind and will cross readily with other members of the species.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

  • Hypocotyl colour
  • Root position in soil
  • Petiole underside colour
  • Root shape in longitudinal cross-section
  • Leaf blade blistering and margin undulation
  • Root tip shape
  • Root length, width, length to width ratio and colour of exterior and flesh
  • Leaf blade attitude, shape, colour and colour intensity, length and width

Asparagus

Asparagus may be erect or climbing, and most of the species are more or less woody. The rhizome-like, or sometimes tuberous, roots give rise to conspicuous, leaf-like branchlets; true leaves are reduced to small scales. Small, greenish-yellow flowers in the spring are followed by red berries in the fall.

Garden asparagus, the most economically important species of the genus, is cultivated in most temperate and subtropical parts of the world. Commercial plantations are not undertaken in regions where the plant continues to grow throughout the year, for the shoots become more spindly and less vigorous each year; a rest period is required. Where climate is favourable and with proper care, an asparagus plantation may be productive for 10-15 years or longer. The best soil types for asparagus are deep, loose, light clays, with much organic matter, and light, sandy loams. Asparagus will thrive in soils too salty for other crops, but acid soils are to be avoided.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

  • Intensity of green colour of foliage
  • Plant height
  • Stem length to first branch
  • Stem diameter at ground level
  • Spear tip anthocyanin colouration
  • Time to spear emergence
  • Width of first bracts at base of apex
  • Spear apex shape
  • Spear base diameter compared to remaining stem
  • Length of first spear bract at base of apex at harvest time

Dill

Dill (Anetheum graveolens) is a hardy annual plant that grows to a height of three to four feet. The finely cut leaves appear quite feathery and small. Yellowish-green flowers are borne in umbels. Dill is grown as a herb for food flavoring and for its essential oil for the food industry. There are few diseases that affect dill but it is susceptible to Alternaria blight and aster yellows.

Where the description of the variety does not specify the height of tall plants to be considered variants or offtypes, the seed crop inspector should report any plant that is three head lengths taller.

Appendix IV: Diagrams of Special Crop Species

Flax

Flower Shape

Flax Flower Shape - Left to right: Flattened Disc, Funnel Form, Starshape

Ciliation of false septa in Capsule

Ciliation of false septa in Capsule

Capsule Dehiscence

Capsule Dehiscence - Left: indehiscent, Right: semi-dehiscent

Tobacco

Plant Shape

Tobacco Plant Shape - Left to right: Conical, Cylindrical, Elliptical, Inverted conical

Leaf Type

Leaf Type - Left to right: Sessile, Petiolate

Angle of Leaf Insertion

Angle of Leaf Insertion - Left to right: Very acute (<45°), Moderately acute ( 45°), Right angle (90°)

Shape of Leaf Blade

Shape of Leaf Blade - Left to right: Cordate, Narrow, Elliptic, Ovate, Broad, Elliptic, Obovate, Lanceolate, Rounded

Shape of Leaf Tip

Shape of Leaf Tip - Left to right: Obtuse, Slightly pointed, Moderately pointed, Strongly pointed, Very strongly pointed

Leaf Auricles

Leaf Auricles - Top Left to right: Absent or very weak, Weak, Medium - Bottom Left to right: Strong, Very strong

Leaf Shape in Cross Section

Leaf Shape in Cross Section - Left to right: Concave, Flat, Convex

Longitudinal Profile of Leaf

Longitudinal Profile of Leaf - Left: Straight - Right: Strongly recurved

Width of Leaf Blade at Base

Width of Leaf Blade at Base - Left to right: Very Narrow, Narrow, Medium, Broad

Inflorescence Shape

Inflorescence Shape - Top left to right: Spherical, Flattened Spherical - Bottom left to right: conical, Double conical

Corolla Tip Shape

Corolla Tip Shape - Left to right: Absent to very weak, very strong

Buckwheat

Leaf Shape

Leaf Shape - Left to right: Ovoid, Hastate, Arrow-shaped, Heart-shaped

Terminal Inflorescence Density

Inflorescence Density - Top left to right: Loose umbel, semi-compact umbel - Bottom: compact umbel

Degree of Seed Filling

Degree of Seed Filling - Rounded
Degree of Seed Filling - Left to right: well-filled, weakly-filled, very-weakly filled

Sugar Beet

Root shape in longitudinal section

Sugar Beet - Root shape in longitudinal section - Left to right: Transverse narrow elliptic, transverse medium elliptic and circular
Sugar Beet - Root shape in longitudinal section - Left to right: obovate, narrow oblong and very narrow obovate

Root tip shape

Sugar Beet - Root tip shape - Left to right: pointed, rounded, flat and depressed

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