Guide to the Evaluation of Candidate Seed Graders and Seed Import Conformity Assessors

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1.0 Purpose of this Guide

The purpose of this guide is to inform candidates of the general structure of the various parts of the evaluations. It is not intended as a study guide. However, the relative weights of the various parts and an overview of the structure should aid the candidate during preparation for the evaluation.

2.0 Purpose of the Evaluation

The purpose of the evaluation is to objectively measure whether a candidate has achieved the level of skill and knowledge of the principles to:

  • Knowledge of all weeds on Weed Seeds Order, 2016 and the ability to properly classify those weeds (GB Grader, GD Grader and SICA), and,
  • retrieve, identify, classify and report impurities, review the germination report, and assign a Canada pedigreed grade name (GB Grader); or
  • review reports of analysis (ROAs) to assign a Canada pedigreed grade name (GD Grader); or
  • assess conformity with minimum import requirements (Seed Import Conformity Assessor (SICA), formerly Seed Import Release Agent (SIRA)).

The use of a standardized evaluation provides national uniformity for accreditation of seed graders and SICAs in Canada.

3.0 Application to Write the Evaluation

Candidates must:

  • apply to the nearest local office of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to write the applicable evaluation;
  • submit the application fee ($95) to the local office of the CFIA when requesting to write the evaluation (the local CFIA office is responsible for invoicing for the evaluation); and
  • allow a minimum of fifteen working days for preparation and shipment of the evaluation to the local CFIA office.

4.0 Accreditation Scope

Accreditation is granted based on Groups of the tables of Schedule I (the Grade Tables) to the Seeds Regulations (the Regulations) as follows:

  • Group 1 - Grade Tables I-VI and XVIII
  • Group 2 - Grade Table VII
  • Group 3 - Grade Tables VIII to X
  • Group 4 - Grade Tables XI and XII
  • Group 5 - Grade Tables XIII and XIV
  • Group 6 - Grade Tables XVI - XX

Accreditation is not granted by crop kind or kinds.

5.0 Types of Accreditations

5.1 GB Grader

A GB grader is accredited to retrieve, identify, classify and report impurities from a sample, to review a germination report, and to assign a Canada pedigreed grade name to seed lots of kinds set out in Group 1.

5.2 GD Grader

A GD grader is accredited to review ROAs (Report of Analysis) issued by accredited seed laboratories, and to assign a Canada pedigreed grade name to kinds set out in one or more of Groups 1 to 6.

5.3 Seed Import Conformity Assessor (SICA)

A Seed Import Conformity Assessor (SICA) is accredited to assess whether imported seed of kinds set out in one or more of Groups 1 to 6 meets minimum import standards and is in conformance with the Regulations based on their review of reports of analysis and other documentation.

6.0 General Information

The evaluation is written by any person wishing to become newly accredited or by any formerly accredited grader or SICA whose accreditation has been cancelled for the previous three or more years. Graders or SICAs who have had their accreditation suspended three times must successfully pass the appropriate evaluation prior to re-accreditation (subsection 13.2(7) of the Regulations). Graders or SICAs whose accreditation was suspended by the CFIA for any of the reasons in paragraphs 13.2(3)(b) to (e) of the Regulations may not apply for re-evaluation and re-accreditation before 24 months after the suspension (subsection 13.2(9) of the Regulations).

Candidates must complete all portions of the evaluation (written and practical) within a three year period.

Candidates wishing to be accredited as a GB or a GD grader must pass the practical evaluations set by the CFIA and the written grader evaluation by the Canadian Seed Institute (CSI). The CSI evaluation assesses the candidate's knowledge of the principles and practices of sampling, conditioning, testing and grading, the Regulations, the Grade Tables, the Weed Seeds Order, 2016 (WSO) and CSI Technical Manual 2.1 for Approved Conditioners and Bulk Storage Facilities – Handling, Grading and Labelling Pedigreed Seed, as they apply to assigning a Canada pedigreed grade name. Candidates wishing to be accredited as a SICA must pass the written and practical evaluations set by the CFIA.

No copies of the evaluations will be available for study purposes prior to the evaluation. All parts of the evaluation must be returned to the supervisor of the evaluation. No copies are to be made in whole or in part. The time required for the evaluations will depend on the scope of the accreditation. There is no time limit. All evaluations are open book.

All parts of the CFIA evaluations have been prepared by the CFIA Saskatoon Laboratory, Seed Science and Technology Section, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and the CFIA Seed Section.

Candidates will be required to write the CFIA evaluation in a CFIA office or a CFIA-designated location. The evaluation will be supervised by CFIA personnel. The location, date and time of the evaluation will be determined upon receipt of the candidate's application.

7.0 Evaluation Scope

7.1 GB Grader Evaluation

Where the candidate wishes to be accredited to examine seed samples and the germination report, and assign a Canada pedigreed grade name to kinds in Group 1, the candidate is evaluated on their ability to:

  1. retrieve, identify, classify, and report impurities found in samples of seed of kinds in Group 1 of the Grade Tables, and assign a Canada pedigreed grade name (Section 11.0; Evaluations A, B, C, D, and E).

7.2 GD Grader Evaluation

Where the candidate wishes to assign a Canada pedigreed grade name to kinds set out in one or more of Groups 1 to 6 based on a review of an ROA issued by an accredited seed laboratory, the candidate is evaluated on their ability to:

  1. review Canadian ROAs prepared according to the standards of the Canadian Methods and Procedures for Testing Seed and assign a Canada pedigreed grade name to any of the kinds set out in one or more of the Groups of Grade Tables for which the candidate is requesting accreditation (Section 11.0 Evaluation F).

7.3 Seed Import Conformity Assessor (SICA) Evaluation

Where the candidate wishes to assess conformity of imported seed with minimum import standards and the Regulations based on a review of Canadian or foreign ROAs, for one or more of Groups 1 to 6, the candidate is evaluated on their ability to:

  1. review Canadian and foreign ROAs to assess conformity with minimum import standards for any of the kinds set out in the Groups for which the candidate is requesting accreditation (Section 11.0 Parts C and G); and
  2. answer questions on their knowledge of the Regulations, the Grade Tables, the WSO and The ABCs of Seed Importation into Canada as they apply to assessing conformity of seed with minimum import standards and compliance with the Regulations.

8.0 Evaluation Marking

Note the following points on the marking of evaluations.

  1. Candidates must achieve a passing mark on each part of the evaluation.
  2. Accreditation will not be granted until all parts of the evaluation are returned and marked.
  3. Where the candidate does not pass a portion of the evaluation on identification of impurities, reporting or grading, only that part must be re-written.
  4. Where the candidate does not pass the written evaluation, documentation review evaluation and/or the practical evaluation components of retrieval and classification of impurities, all parts must be re-written.
  5. If it is required to re-write an evaluation, the candidate must submit a request to re-write the evaluation and the evaluation fee to the local office of the CFIA.
  6. All examination papers and application correspondence will be kept in a confidential file by the CFIA Administrator of Evaluations.
  7. Successful candidates will be notified and issued an accreditation number by the Registrar, Seed Section, CFIA.

9.0 Reference Material

Candidates are required to bring their own copies of the appropriate references with them for their use during the evaluation. All references must be the most up-to-date versions.

9.1 Reference Material for GB and GD Grader Evaluations

Note: For the evaluation of GB graders, the CFIA will provide a reference collection of seeds of the weed and crop species that are listed in Appendix A and included in the seed identification question of the evaluation, and a booklet of descriptions and illustrations of these species.

9.2 Reference Material for SICAs evaluation

10.0 Evaluation Format

The following tables detail the format of each evaluation, the various components, the pass mark, and the approximate time it would take to complete.

Table 1 GB Grader Evaluation Format

Evaluation FormatComponentsPass MarkApprox. Time
Practical Grade Tables I to VI and XVIII
  • Identification (Section 11.0, Part A)
80%1 to 2 h
Practical Grade Tables I to VI and XVIII
  • Retrieval Section 11.0, Part B)
  • Classification (Section 11.0, Part C)
  • Reporting (Section 11.0, Part D)
  • Assigning a Canada pedigreed grade name (Section 11.0, Part E)
80%2 to 3 h
Written, Administered by CSIKnowledge of the principles and practices of conditioning, testing and grading as defined in the:
  • Seeds Act;
  • Seeds Regulations; and
  • CSI Technical Manual 2.1 for Approved Conditioners and Bulk Storage Facilities – Handling, Grading and Labelling Pedigreed Seed
80%1 h

Table 2 GD Grader Evaluation Format

Evaluation FormatComponentsPass MarkApprox.. Time
Practical - by Grade Table GroupIn accordance with the scope of accreditation:Table Note 1
  • Document review, interpretation of ROAs and grading
    (Section 11.0, Part F)
80%2 h
Written - Administered by CSI Knowledge of the principles and practices of conditioning, testing and grading as defined in the:
  • Seeds Act
  • Seeds Regulations
  • CSI Technical Manual 2.1 for Approved Conditioners and Bulk Storage Facilities - Handling, Grading and Labelling Pedigreed Seed
80%1 h

Table Notes

Table note 1

Accredited GD graders wishing to be accredited for additional Groups of the Grade Tables are required to complete the CFIA evaluation for the review and interpretation of ROAs and assignment of a Canada pedigreed grade name to kinds in the additional Group(s) of Grade Tables. They are not required to repeat the written evaluation administered by the CSI.

Return to table note 1 referrer

Table 3 Seed Import Conformity Assessor (SICA) Evaluation Format

Evaluation FormatComponentsPass MarkApprox. Time
Practical - by Grade Table Group
  • Classification (Section 11.0, Part C)

In accordance with the scope of accreditation:Table Note 2

  • Review and interpretation of Canadian and foreign ROAs, and assessment of conformity with minimum import standards (Section 11.0, Part G)
80%2 to 3 h
WrittenPrinciples and practices of assessment of conformity of imported seed with minimum import standards and accompanying documentation as defined in the:
  • Seeds Act
  • Seeds Regulations, Sections 1 – 42
  • The ABCs of Seed Importation into Canada
  • Weed Seeds Order, 2016
80%1 to 2 h

Table Notes

Table note 2

Accredited SICAs wishing to add other Groups of Grade Tables to their scope are required to complete the CFIA practical evaluation for assessment of conformity with minimum import standards for kinds in the additional Group(s) of Grade Tables. They are not required to repeat the written evaluation.

Return to table note 2 referrer

11.0 Evaluation Sample Questions

The format of the evaluations is outlined on the following pages.

A. Identification of Impurities

Practical Evaluation - GB Grader

Value: 25 marks

Pass mark: 80%

Sample Question:

  1. You are provided with 25 coin holders each containing a seed structure. Using the accompanying answer table, identify all 25 seed structures by common names. The seed structures may be weed seeds, crop seeds or disease bodies (ergot or sclerotia).
    Coin Holder No. Common Name
    1Bromegrass
    2Wild violet
    3
    etc.
    25
  2. During your examination of a one kg sample of Certified status durum wheat you find one seed of wild oats. What action do you take?

Notes:

  • The objective is to assess the candidate's ability to identify, on sight, seeds of those crop and weed species, and disease bodies which may be found during an examination of a seed sample.
  • The question consists of 25 individual seed structures or disease bodies for identification.
  • Only the species listed in Appendix A will be evaluated by this question. A reference collection containing 50 weed seeds, crop seeds and disease bodies and a booklet of illustrated drawings of the weed and crop seeds listed in Appendix A will be provided as reference material.
  • Appendix A lists common and scientific names. The candidate is only required to know and use common names.
  • Each specimen is in an individual coin holder contained within a coin holder pocket. The candidate can see the seed structure through the coin holder, but may also remove the coin holder from the coin holder pocket for closer examination.
  • In general, the seeds are typical of the species. All effort is made to avoid including non-typical specimens.
  • Dehulled seeds may be included if it is possible to find the seeds in this form in a sample of seed.
  • Seed Reference Collection binders, including weed seed or crop seed references (seed specimens, images or factsheets), are available for purchase from the CFIA's Seed Science and Technology Section. For purchase information or to obtain an order form, please contact us.

B. Retrieval of Impurities

Practical Evaluation – GB Grader

Value: 25 marks

Pass mark: 80% on B, C, D, and E combined

Sample Question:

You are provided with two mini-samples of 150 g each. For each of these samples:

  1. examine the sample;
  2. retrieve all contaminants; and
  3. place the contaminants in the envelopes provided.

No identification of the contaminants is required.

Notes:

  • The objective is to determine if the candidate can see and retrieve impurities in a sample of the crop kind under examination.
  • This question consists of two small samples of the crop kind under examination.
  • Samples are just large enough to act as a background for the impurities. For example, flax samples might be 6.25 g.
  • Samples could be of any species set out in Grade Tables I to VI and XVIII.
  • Impurities may be other crop seeds, weed seeds, ergot or sclerotia bodies.
  • It is not necessary to identify or classify the impurities, only to remove them from the sample.
  • In general, the impurities chosen present some challenge for retrieval. It is assumed that the candidate can see obvious contaminants (e.g., a soybean seed would probably not be added as an impurity in flax).
  • 25 contaminants are spread over the two samples.
  • There may be more than one seed of a contaminant species.
  • Marks are earned for each contaminant retrieved.

C. Classification of Impurities

Practical evaluation for GB Grader and SICA

Value: 10 marks

Pass mark: 80%(SICA)
Pass mark: 80% on B, C, D, and E combined (GB grader)

Sample Question:

The names of ten weed seeds, crop seeds or disease bodies are listed. Select the correct classification for each.

Table of Impurities
Common NameProhibited Noxious WeedsPrimary Noxious WeedsSecondary Noxious WeedsOther WeedsOther CropsDisease Organisms
Bromegrassx
Wild violetx
etc.

Note: The objective is to determine if the candidate can correctly classify contaminants in accordance with the Weed Seeds Order and the Grade Tables.

D. Reporting - Grade Tables I to VI and XVIII

Practical evaluation - GB Grader

Value: 20 marks

Pass mark: 80% on B, C, D, and E combined

Sample Question:

  1. Below is the data from a seed sample examination. Report this examination on the blank seed grading report or Pedigreed Seed Declaration provided.

Kind of seed under examination: Certified status, wheat, spring

Impurities found:

  • Species A - 1
  • Species B - 1
  • Species C - 2
  • Species D - 1

Notes:

  • The objective is to determine if the candidate knows how to report the findings of an examination of a seed sample.
  • There may be one or two reporting questions, and the form of the question may vary from the example given above.
  • The candidate should produce a report that looks similar to the one shown in Appendix B(1) or a Pedigreed Seed Declaration similar to the one shown in Appendix B(2).
  • Make sure the totals are added correctly.
  • Zeroes should be indicated in sections which are grading factors but for which no seeds were found (e.g. in a sample of wheat, if no ergot bodies were found, "0 ergot bodies" should be reported).
  • The totals must be correctly entered in the "per 25 g" or "per g or kg" column (e.g. if a total of 5 kg was examined for primary noxious weed seeds and one seed was found, then the correct number to report would be "0.2 per kg").

E. Applying a Canada pedigreed grade name to species in Grade Tables I to VI and XVIII

Practical Evaluation - GB Grader

Value: 15 marks

Pass mark: 80% on B, C, D, and E combined

Sample Questions:

  1. Review the attached seed grading report form.
    1. Place the appropriate grade name in the Grade section of each form.
    2. If the sample is downgraded, give the reason.
  2. Review the attached example of a ROA.
    1. Fully complete a Checklist for Assessment of Conformity with Minimum Standards.
    2. Assign the grade.
    3. State the reasons for your decision.
  3. A sample of Certified status wheat is found to contain 2 ergot bodies.
    1. What is the highest grade for which the lot is eligible?

Notes:

  • The objectives are to determine if the candidate can:
    • read a seed grading report and relate this to the grade standards in the Grade Tables;
    • review a ROA and verify if the required information is present;
    • interpret a ROA and relate this to the grade standards in the Grade Tables; and
    • interpret the Grade Tables to correctly assign a Canada pedigreed grade name.
  • There may be up to five seed grading reports and/or ROAs for the assignment of grade.
  • There may be three or more scenario questions.
  • Copies of the Grade Tables are not provided. Candidates must have their own copies of the Grade Tables for the evaluation.
  • See Appendix B(1) for an example of a seed grading report.
  • See Appendix C(1) for an example of a Canadian ROA.
  • All ROAs used are facsimiles.

F. Document Review, Interpretation and Grading

Practical Evaluation - GD Grader

Value:

2 to 5 marks for each documentation review

1 to 10 marks for each scenario question

Pass mark: 80%

Sample Questions:

  1. You are provided with five examples of ROAs for the assignment of grade of five different kinds. Review the information presented on the ROAs and for each report:
    1. fully complete a Standard Conformity Assessment Checklist; and
    2. assign the grade.
  2. Given the following grading scenarios, assign the grade.
    1. The examination of a sample of Certified wheat is found to contain 2 ergot bodies. What is the highest grade for which the lot is eligible?
    2. The working sample of a Foundation status bromegrass contains 1 primary noxious weed seed. What is the highest grade for which this lot is eligible?

Notes:

  • The objectives are to determine if the candidate can:
    • review the ROA and verify if the required information is present;
    • review a ROA and relate this to the grade standards; and
    • interpret the Grade Tables to correctly assign a Canada pedigreed grade name.
  • The number of documents for review will be based on the scope of the accreditation sought. There may be up to five documents.
  • The number of scenario questions will be based on the scope of the accreditation sought. There may be five or more scenario questions.
  • See Appendix C(1) for an example of a Canadian ROA and Appendix C(2) for an example of a Minimum Standard Conformity Assessment Checklist/Grading Report.
  • All ROAs used are facsimiles.

G. Document Review and Verification of Conformity with Minimum Import Release Standards

Practical Evaluation - SICA

Value:

2 to 5 marks for each documentation review

1 to 10 marks for each scenario question

Pass mark: 80%

Sample Questions:

  1. The following ROAs have been presented for assessment of whether the seed lot conforms to the minimum import standards for Canada. Review the information presented on the example ROAs and for each:
    1. fully complete a Checklist for Assessment of Conformity with Minimum Standards;
    2. clearly indicate whether the lot meets or does not meet minimum import standards; and
    3. indicate the reason for the decision.
  2. A ROA presented for import conformity assessment on a lot of bromegrass states that 25 grams have been examined for Canadian noxious weed seeds. Does this meet the minimum requirements for import into Canada?

Notes:

  • The objectives are to determine if the candidate can:
    • review Canadian and foreign ROAs to determine whether the report/certificate provides adequate information for an import conformity assessment;
    • assess whether the lot conforms to the minimum import standards by reviewing a ROA and relating this to the minimum standards in the Grade Tables; and
    • interpret the grade standard for an import conformity assessment.
  • The number of documents for review will be based on the scope of the accreditation sought. There may be up to five documents.
  • There may be five or more scenario questions.
  • See Appendix D(1) for an example of a foreign ROA and Appendix D(3) for a Checklist for Assessment of Conformity with Minimum Standards.
  • The foreign ROA in Appendix D(1) is an example only. There may be several presentations used. All reports used are facsimiles including facsimiles of International Seed Testing Association Certificates.

12.0 CFIA Written SICAs Evaluation

The objective of the SICA written evaluation is to assess the candidate's knowledge of the principles and practices of testing and grading of pedigreed seed and import conformity assessment.

It is recommended that the candidate be familiar with the Seeds Act, the Regulations, the Grade Tables, the WSO, The ABCs of Seed Importation into Canada, and CSI-TECH 2.4 for Authorized Importers – Handling and Release of Seed Import Into Canada. This does not mean memorizing these documents but rather being aware of the contents of each such that the candidate can identify the document which contains the information required and retrieve the answer to a question with a minimum of searching.

Please note:

  1. the questions are not necessarily grouped together according to subject;
  2. questions are a combination of multiple choice, fill in the blank or short answers; and
  3. the evaluation is open book and answers can be found in the reference documents.

Example of a question:

For each lot imported into Canada, what information is an Authorized Importer required to provide to the CFIA?

13.0 Hints for Writing the Evaluations

The following may provide guidance during the evaluation.

  1. A long answer is rarely required.
  2. Point form is desired.
  3. Read each question carefully.
  4. Use as much paper as you like.
  5. Please write as neatly as possible.
  6. There are no trick questions. If the meaning of a question is unclear, do not hesitate to ask the invigilator for clarification.
  7. Consider the value of the question when preparing your answer. A question worth only one point should not require several sentences.
  8. Thorough knowledge of the standards in Section 7 of the Seeds Regulations (or footnotes added to the Grade Tables).

14.0 Fees

The CFIA will charge the same fee for any evaluation regardless of the type of accreditation or the Group(s) for which the candidate is seeking accreditation. For instance, some candidates may wish to request evaluation for accreditation as a GB grader and a GD Grader in one evaluation and this would be invoiced as a single evaluation.

Appendix A - List of Specimens for Identification Evaluation

The following list provides the common name and the Latin name of weeds, crops and plant diseases with which the candidate should be familiar.

Prohibited Noxious Weeds

  • Dodder — Cuscuta spp.
  • Jointed goatgrass — Aegilops cylindrica
  • Slender Foxtail — Alopecurus myosuroides
  • Woolly Cup Grass — Eriochloa villosa

Primary Noxious Weeds

  • Canada thistle — Cirsium arvense
  • Couchgrass — Elytrigia repens
  • Field bindweed — Convulvulus arvensis
  • Giant foxtail — Setaria faberi
  • Globe-pod hoary cress — Lepidium appelianum
  • Heart-pod hoary cress — Ledipium draba subsp. draba
  • Horse nettle — Solanum carolinense
  • Jimsonweed — Datura stramonium
  • Johnson grass — Soghum halapense
  • Leafy spurge — Euphorbia esula
  • Lens-pod hoary cress — Lepidium chalepense
  • Nodding thistle — Carduus nutans
  • Perennial sow thistle — Sonchus arvensis
  • Poison hemlock — Conium maculatum
  • Red bartsia — Odontites vernus subsp. serotinus
  • Russian knapweed — Rhaponticum repens
  • Velvet leaf — Abutilon theophrasti
  • Wild radish — Raphanus raphanistrum

Secondary Noxious Weeds

  • Bladder campion — Silene vulgaris
  • Cheat — Bromus secalinus
  • Cleavers — Galium aparine, G. spurium
  • Common ragweed — Ambrosia artemisifolia
  • Cow cockle — Vaccaria hispanica
  • Dock — All Rumex species except R. maritimus and R. acetosella
  • Downy brome — Bromus tectorum
  • Field brome — Bromus arvensis
  • Field peppergrass — Lepidium campestre
  • Japanese brome — Bromus japonicus
  • Night-flowering catchfly — Silene noctiflora
  • Persian darnel — Lolium persicum
  • Stinkweed — Thlaspi arvense
  • White cockle — Silene latifolia subsp. alba
  • Wild carrot — Daucus carota subsp. carota
  • Wild mustard — Sinapis arvensis
  • Wild oat, sterile oat — Avena fatua, Avena sterilis

Disease Bodies

  • Ergot — Claviceps purpurea
  • Sclerotia — Sclerotinia spp.

Other Weeds

  • American dragonhead — Dracocephalum parviflorum
  • Ball mustard — Neslia paniculata
  • Barnyard grass — Echinochloa Crus-galli
  • Bluebur — Lappula squarrosa
  • Green foxtail — Setaria italica subsp. viridis
  • Hemp nettle — Galeopsis tetrahit
  • Lady's Thumb/Pale Smartweed — Persicaria maculosa, P. lapathifolia
  • Lamb's quarters — Chenopodium album
  • Mallow — Malva spp.
  • Pigweed — Amaranthus sp. except A. tuberculatus
  • Russian pigweed — Axyris amaranthoides
  • Russian thistle — Salsola trogus
  • Wild buckwheat — Polygonum convolvulus
  • Yellow foxtail — Setaria pumila subsp. pumila

Crops

  • Barley — Hordeum vulgare
  • Beans — Phaseolus vulgaris
  • Canarygrass — Phalaris canariensis
  • Canola, Rapeseed, Mustard — Brassica napus, B. rapa, B. juncea
  • Common buckwheat — Fagopyrum esculentum
  • Common wheat — Triticum aestivum
  • Corn — Zea mays
  • Durum wheat — Tricitum turgidum subsp. durum
  • Fababean — Vicia faba
  • Flax — Linum usitatissimum
  • Lentil — Lens culinaris
  • Oat — Avena sativa
  • Pea — Pisum sativum
  • Rye — Secale cereale
  • Soybean — Glycine max
  • Sunflower — Helianthus annuus
  • Tartarian buckwheat — Fagopyrum tataricum
  • Triticale — x Triticosecale spp.

Appendix B(1) Seed Grading Report

The following is an example of a seed grading report:

Image of a sample of the Seed Grading Report
Description of the form

Seed Grading Report

Name and Address of Owner: Dale Farmer
Kind: Barley
Variety: Summer
Crop Certificate No.: 12-1111111-411
Pedigreed Status: Certified
Lot No.: 55324

Name and Number of Impurities FoundIn / 5 kgPer / kg
Prohibited Noxious Weeds00
Primary Noxious Weeds00
Total Primary Noxious Weeds00
Secondary Noxious Weeds
Dog Mustard20.4
Total Primary Plus Secondary20.4
Other Weed Seeds
Wild Buckwheat-1
Lamb's quarters-1
Total Other Weed Seeds-2
Total Weed Seeds-2.4
Other Crop Seeds
Rapeseed-4
Red clover-1
Wheat-1
Total Other Crop Seeds-6
Ergot Bodies/ Sclerotia-1

Germination Certificate: 12001
Germination percent: 80%
Date of Test: xxxx_10_31
Disease Test Certificate No. and Results:

Name of Lab:
Grade: Canada Certified No. 2 because of secondary noxious, total other crop seeds and percent germination

Signature of Grader: [insert signature]
Date: xxxx_10_31
Grader No. 12345

Appendix B(2) Pedigreed Seed Declaration

The CFIA Pedigreed Seed Declarations can be found on the CFIA Forms web page.

See Form #0051 Pedigreed Seed Declaration (CFIA/ACIA 0051) and also Form # 1160 Pedigreed Seed Declaration - Certified Seed Mixtures (CFIA/ACIA 1160).

Appendix C(1) Canadian Report of Seed Analysis ROA

The following is an example of a Canadian report of seed analysis issued by a seed laboratory:

example of a Canadian report of analysis
Description of the Canadian Report of Seed Analysis

Generic Seed Testing Laboratory
123 Main Street, Some City, Some Province, Canada A1B 2C3
Ph: 222-555-1212 Fax: 222-555-1313

Certificate No. 7-008

This certifies that a sample of: Red clover
Designated: Certified Status
Received from: ABC Seed Farms Canada, was tested with the following results:

Grams tested 50 g No. per 25 g
Weed Seeds:
Prohibited Noxious0
Primary Noxious0
Total Primary Noxious0
Secondary Noxious:
Stinkweed3.0
Night-Flowering Catchfly2.5
Total Primary plus Secondary Noxious5.5
Other Weed Seeds:
American Dragonhead57
Lamb's-quarters34
Total Weed Seeds of All Kinds96.5
Total Percent Weed Seeds0.5 %
Seeds of Other Crops:
Alsike clover0
White clover0
Alfalfa0
Total Other Crop SeedLess than 2%
Sweet clover2
Brassica spp.1
Ergot/Sclerotia0
Pure Seed97.2%
Pure Living Seed---%
Germination67%
Hard Seeds14%
Germination (including hard seeds)81%
Inert Matter1.4%

Remarks:

Analyst: Mary Jones
Signature:
Date: January 31, 2013

This certifies that the sample of seed submitted from the lot designated above has been analyzed at a CFIA Accredited Laboratory according to: Canadian Methods and Procedures for Seed Testing.

The responsibility for any seed sold, offered or advertised for sale under this certificate with respect to grade or any other specification rests entirely with the seller.

Appendix C(2) Standard Conformity Assessment Checklist and/or Grading Report

The following table is an example of a standard checklist for assessment of conformity with minimum standards or a grading report.

example of a standard checklist for assessment of conformity with minimum standards
Description of the Standard Conformity Assessment Checklist

Kind or Species: Red clover
Variety:
Unique Identifier: 7-08
Grade Table: VIII
Pedigreed Status: Certified

ClassificationStandard Per 25 gNumber Found Per 25 gMeets Minimum Requirements Yes/No / N/ATable Note 3Remarks
Total Prohibited Noxious Weed Seeds00Yes
Total Primary Noxious Weed Seeds00Yes
Total Secondary Noxious Weed Seeds00Yes
Total Primary plus Secondary Noxious Weed Seedsstrikeout 5 replace with 105.5NoMeets standards of Certified No. 2
Total Other Weeds Seeds00Yes
Total Weed Seeds (Primary, Secondary and Other) - number or percentstrike out 50 75 replace with 10096.5NoMeets standards of Common No. 2
Total Other Crops - number or percentstrike out 1.0 replace with 3%0.9 %Yes
Where applicable:
a) Total - Sweet Clover
strike out 20 replace with 502Yes
Where applicable:
b) Total - Brassica spp. including Sinapis alba
strike out 4 replace with 101Yes
Where applicable:
c) Common wheat in Durum or Durum in Common wheat
00N/A
Germination - Percentstrike out 80 replace with 7081YesN/A
Where applicable:
Total Ergot – number or percent
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Where applicable:
Total Sclerotia – number or percent
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Where applicable:
Percent Pure Seed
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Where applicable:
Percent Pure Living Seed
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Where applicable:
True Loose Smut
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Where applicable:
Other Tests
N/AN/AN/AN/A

Table Notes

Table Note 3

N/A = Not a grading factor

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Report of AnalysisReport NumberDate of TestName of Lab
Purity Analysis7-0082013-01-17Generic Seed Testing Laboratory
Germination7-0082013-01-17Generic Seed Testing Laboratory
DiseaseN/AN/AN/A

Comments:
Grade: Common No. 2 because of total weed seeds
Grader: Jon Smith
Signature:
Date: January 31, 2013
Grader No.: 123456

Appendix D(1) Foreign Report of Seed Analysis

The following is an example of a foreign report of seed analysis.

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Description of the Foreign Report of Seed Analysis

Report of Seed Analysis

Completed by a Registered Member of the Society of Commercial Seed Technologists

Sender's Information: [The information provided here is that of the sender and not of the laboratory.]
Kind: Carrot
Variety: Danvers 126
Genus/Species: Daucus carota
Lot Number: 532
Size of Lot: 100 lb
Other Information:

Name and Address:

Date Sample Received:
Date Testing Completed:
Test No.: 97-020

Purity Analysis
Purity Analysis:# Grams Analyzed 3 g
Pure Seed Component(s)Daucus carota 99.7%
Other Crop Seed0.0%
Inert Matter0.2%
Weed Seeds0.1%
Other Crop SeedNone
Weed Seeds:
Smartweed (Polygonum spp)
3 / 30 g
Weed Seeds:
Barnyard grass (Echinochloa Crus-galli)
2 / 30 g
Viability Analysis:
GerminationDormant SeedsHard SeedsTotal ViableNo. Seeds (Germ)Days TestedFluorescentNon-FluorescentTZ
89.5%%%%%%%

Comments:

All states (Except Hawaii) Noxious Weed Seeds 30 g analyzed

This sample has space to insert x or has not space to insert x been examined for the presence of noxious weed seeds.

None of the following found in 30 g:

  • Canadian Prohibited Noxious
  • Canadian Primary Noxious
  • Canadian Secondary Noxious

Other Determinations: space to insert Other Determinations
Test Code and Fees: space to insert Test Code and Fees
Rules Followed Other than AOSA: Canadian Methods and Procedures for Testing Seed

Signature: space to insert the signature
Registered Seed Technologist - Seal No. 051

Appendix D(2) Report of Analysis Checklist

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Appendix D(3) Checklist for Assessment of Conformity with Minimum Standards

The following is a checklist for use when assessing conformity with minimum standards.

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Description of the Checklist for Conformity With Minimum Standards

Kind or Species: Carrot
Unique Identifier: 02-020
Grade Table: XX
Grade Status: Canada No. 2 / Minimum Requirements

Conformity Checklist
ClassificationStandard
Per 25 g
Number Found Per 25 gMeets Minimum Requirements
Yes/No N/ATable Note 5
Remarks
Total Prohibited Noxious Weed Seeds00Yes
Total Primary Noxious Weed Seeds20Yes
Total Primary plus Secondary Noxious Weed Seeds500Yes
Total Weed Seeds - Number or Percent1004.2Yes5 per 30 grams =
5/30 = x/25 = 4.16
Total Other Crops - Number or Percent300Yes
Where applicable:
Total Sweet Clover
Total Brassica species / Sinapis alba
Percent Germination6089.5Yes
Where Applicable:
Total Ergot – number or percentN/A
Total Sclerotia - number or percentN/A
Percent Pure SeedN/A
Percent Pure Living SeedN/A
True Loose SmutN/A
Other TestsN/A

Table Notes

Table note 5

N/A = not a grading factor

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Lot Meets Minimum Imports Requirements (Y / N)? Yes

SICA who has determined whether the seed meets minimum import standards:

Name: Jon Smith

Signature:
SICA Number: 12345

Appendix D(4) Canadian Report of Seed Analysis

The following is an example of a Canadian report of seed analysis issued by an accredited seed laboratory.

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Description of the Canadian Report of Seed Analysis

Generic Seed Testing Laboratory
123 Main Street, Some City, Some Province, Canada A1B 2C3
Ph: 222-555-1212, Fax: 222-555-1313

Certificate No. 02-007

This certifies that a sample of: Canola
Designated: Lot 2-0513
Received from: Oilseed Speciality Grains, Anywhere, USA
Was tested with the following results:

Seed Analysis
Grams tested 100 gNo. Per 25 g
Prohibited Noxious Weed Seeds0
Primary Noxious Weed Seeds0
Total (Primary Noxious)0
Secondary Noxious Weed Seeds:
Stinkweed0.3
Total - Primary plus Secondary Noxious0.3
Other Weed Seeds:
Shepherd's purse11.5
Smartweed3.5
Lamb's quarters1.0
Ball mustard0.5
Total Weed Seeds of All Kinds16.8
Percent Total Weed Seeds5%
Seeds of Other Crops :
Sweet clover0
Brassica spp.2.0
Other Crop Seeds0
Total Other Crop Seeds2.0
Ergot/Sclerotia0/50 g
Percent Pure Seeds%
Percent Pure Living Seed%
Percent Germination98%
Percent Hard Seeds%
Percent Germination (including hard seeds)%
Inert Matter%

Remarks:

Analyst: John Smith
Signature:
Date:

This certifies that the sample of seed submitted from the lot designated above has been analyzed at a CFIA Accredited Laboratory according to: Canadian Methods and Procedures for Testing Seed. The responsibility for any seed sold, offered or advertised for sale under this certificate with respect to grade or any other specification rests entirely with the seller.

Appendix D(5) Checklist for Assessment of Conformity with Minimum Standards

The following is a checklist for use when assessing conformity with minimum standards.

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Description of the Checklist for Assessment of Conformity with Minimum Standards

Kind or Species: Canola
Unique Identifier: Lot 2-0513
Grade Table: VII
Grade Status: Common/Minimum Requirements

Conformity with Minimum Standards Checklist
ClassificationStandard Per 25 gNumber Found Per 25 gMeets Minimum Standards Yes/No/ N/ATable Note 6Remarks
Total Prohibited Noxious Weed Seeds00Yes
Total Primary Noxious Weed Seeds10Yes
Total Primary plus Secondary Noxious Weed Seeds30.3Yes
Total Weed Seeds - Number or Percent1516.8NoDoes not meet minimum standards
Total Other Crops - Number or Percent20Yes
Where applicable: 
a) Total Sweet Clover00N/A
b) Total Brassica spp. / Sinapis alba152Yes
Percent Germination9098Yes
Where Applicable:
Total Ergot – Number or PercentN/A
Total sclerotia - Number or Percent2/50 g0/50 gYes
Percent Pure SeedN/A
Percent Pure Living SeedN/A
True Loose SmutN/A
Other TestsN/A

Table Notes

Table note 6

N/A = not a grading factor

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Lot meets minimum import requirements (Y/N) and why? No. Because of total number of weed seeds.

Name and signature of SICA who has determined whether the seed conforms to minimum import standards:

Name: John Smith
Signature:
SICA Number: 12345

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