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15.08.05.00.htm 15.08.05.00. Title 15 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Subtitle 08 TURF AND SEED Chapter 05 Certified Seed Mixing Authority: Agriculture Article, §9-202, Annotated Code of Maryland
15.08.05.01.htm 15.08.05.01. 01 Purpose.. The purpose of certified seed mixing is to provide a system for maintaining the genetic and mechanical purity of certified seed when combined in mixtures of kinds and varieties. Maryland will apply both varietal and mechanical standards to certified seed mixtures. The following regulations apply to all Maryland Interagency Certified Mixtures and include specific requirements for components. These regulations also apply to the interagency certific
15.08.05.02.htm 15.08.05.02. 02 Definitions.. A. In these regulations, the following terms have the meaning indicated.. B. Terms Defined.. 1) "Applicant" means a person who has requested the Department to collect samples, conduct tests, and supervise the mixing of different kinds of seed in order to have the seed mixture either certified as a "Maryland Interagency Certified Seed Mixture" or labeled as a "Supervised Mixture"2) "Batch sheet" means a form used by the Department to collect data verify
15.08.05.03.htm 15.08.05.03. 03 Sale of Certain Represented Seed Mixtures.. A. A person may not sell, offer or expose for sale, or transport a mixture of different kinds of seed represented to be a certified seed mixture unless the seed mixture is produced and labeled in accordance with the procedures of and in compliance with the:1) Department's certification program set forth in this chapter; or. 2) Regulations of an officially recognized seed certification agency.. B. A person may not sell,
15.08.05.04.htm 15.08.05.04. 04 Department's Certification Program.. To participate in the Department's program, a person shall:. A. Request the Department to collect any necessary samples, conduct any necessary tests, and supervise the mixing of the different kinds of seeds that the applicant intends to mix;B. Use mixing equipment (that is, mixer, hoppers, elevators, augers, etc. whose areas that come into physical contact with the seed are accessible for cleaning by the applicant and for inspection by t
15.08.05.05.htm 15.08.05.05. 05 Sampling and Testing.. A. Before Mixing. When mixing seeds, the applicant shall use only lots the Department has approved. Except as provided by §D of this regulation, the Department, before approving the lot for mixing purposes, shall:1) Take an official sample of each component; and. 2) Test each component for purity, noxious weed, and germination.. B. After Mixing. After the different components have been mixed under the Department's supervision, the applicant shall permi
15.08.05.06.htm 15.08.05.06. 06 Procedure for Requesting a Mixture.. A. An applicant requesting the Department to supervise the mixing of seeds shall:. 1) Determine from current seed stocks and laboratory reports the lots of seed to be used in the mixture;2) Promptly notify the Department of the need for mixing.. B. In making this request, the applicant shall provide the Department with the following information:1) Name of the mixture;. 2) Lot number assigned to the mixture;.
15.08.05.07.htm 15.08.05.07. 07 Mixing Procedure.. A. Before the scheduled mixing time, the applicant shall ensure that:. 1) All mixing equipment (that is, mixer, hoppers, elevators, augers, etc. is cleaned, free of all seed and foreign material, and opened for inspection by the Department;2) The floor around the mixing area is cleaned and free of all seed and foreign material;. 3) Sufficient quantities of new containers are marked with the lot number of the mixture;. 4) Sufficient quantities
15.08.05.08.htm 15.08.05.08. 08 Tagging/Stenciling.. A. The applicant shall attach the Maryland certification tag or the Maryland supervised mixing tag, or both, to each seed mixture container. The applicant shall sew the tag onto each container with the closing stitch when the container is sewn.B. At the time of mixing, the applicant shall attach to each container the appropriate analysis tag. In the case of stock items, the applicant may present two sample analysis labels to the Department
15.08.05.09.htm 15.08.05.09. 09 Specific Minimum Seed Standards.. A. The following minimum seed standards apply to component seed lots to be used in Maryland Interagency Certified Seed Mixtures:1) Seed Mixtures Used in the Production of Maryland Certified Turfgrass.. a) Unless the component meets the standards outlined in COMAR 15.08.04.10A(1)b) the applicant may not use the component in mixtures intended for the production of Maryland certified turfgrass.b) The Department shall place the statement "This
15.08.05.10.htm 15.08.05.10. 10 Failure of Applicant to be Prepared for Mixing.. A. Each applicant shall be prepared to begin seed mixing, as described in Regulation .07 of this chapter, at the agreed upon time and date.B. The Department may grant a 1-hour extension beyond the agreed upon time for the mixing to begin. If, at the end of 1 hour, the applicant is not satisfactorily prepared to start the mixing procedure, the Department may cancel the mixing. The applicant may contact the Depar
15.08.05.11.htm 15.08.05.11. 11 Fees.. A. For State mixing, the Department shall assess an applicant at the rate of 5 cents per pound of mixture, with a $25 minimum per mixture.B. For out-of-State mixing, the Department shall assess an applicant at the rate of 6 cents per pound for the mixing, with a $25 minimum per mixture, plus 50 cents per mile from Annapolis to the mixing site. The applicant shall be responsible for the cost of any overnight lodging.C. For rebagging, relabeling, or retagging, the De
15.08.05.12.htm 15.08.05.12. 12 Violations.. The Secretary may revoke or suspend a participant from the program or refuse to certify the seed, or both of these, of any seed company who violates any provision of this chapter.
15.08.05.9999.htm 15.08.05.9999. Administrative History Effective date: September 4, 1989 (16:17 Md. R. 1886). Regulation .04 amended effective October 7, 1996 (23:20 Md. R. 1425). Regulation .06B amended effective October 7, 1996 (23:20 Md. R. 1425). Regulation .08B amended effective October 7, 1996 (23:20 Md. R. 1425). Regulation .11 amended effective August 30, 1993 (20:17 Md. R. 1351) October 7, 1996 (23:20 Md. R. 1425) February 12, 2007 (3Regulation .11D amended effective January 21, 2013 (40:1 Md. R. 21).
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