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15.08.04.00.htm 15.08.04.00. Title 15 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Subtitle 08 TURF AND SEED Chapter 04 Turf Grass Certification Authority: Agriculture Article, §9-102, 9-103(3) and 9-202, Annotated Code of Maryland
15.08.04.01.htm 15.08.04.01. 01 Purpose.. The purpose of turf grass certification is to provide a system by which participants may supply high quality turf grass consisting of kinds and varieties that are well adapted to Maryland growing conditions. The Department shall certify turf grass for varietal and mechanical purity. The following certification regulations apply to all turf grass eligible for certification. There are also specific regulations for cultivated turf grass and vegetati
15.08.04.02.htm 15.08.04.02. 02 Definitions.. A. The following terms have the meanings indicated.. B. Terms Defined.. 1) “Certified seed” means seed that is progeny of Breeder, Foundation, or Registered seed handled to maintain the standards of that class.2) “Certified turf grass” means a class of turf grass produced and handled in such a manner as to meet the standards of that class.3) “Cultivated turf grass” means turf grass which is reestablished from seed after each harvest..
15.08.04.03.htm 15.08.04.03. 03 Applications to Participate in Program.. A. Field Eligibility Application.. 1) To establish the eligibility of a field to be used for the initial production of certified turf grass, a participant shall submit a preplow inspection application to the Department at least 15 days in advance of preparation or tilling of the proposed field.2) The Department may not approve the eligibility of a field unless all noxious weeds or persistent objectionable grasses are controlled.
15.08.04.04.htm 15.08.04.04. 04 Source of Seed or Vegetative Stock.. A. Only a field planted with an acceptable source of seed or vegetative stock, as described in these regulations, is eligible for certification.B. The participant shall maintain for 2 years after harvest of the turf grass, evidence establishing the source of seed or vegetative stock, including such evidence as:1) A certification tag;. 2) An analysis tag; and. 3) A bill of lading or invoice..
15.08.04.05.htm 15.08.04.05. 05 Management of Turf Grass.. A. The participant shall:. 1) Keep turf properly mowed;. 2) Control weeds in such a manner as not to allow distribution and spread of either weeds or their seed, or both;3) Control injurious insects or diseases;. 4) Produce the best quality turf possible under existing climatic and environmental conditions; and. 5) Maintain each field continuously in accordance with accepted turf grass management principles.. B. In a pure stand, the p
15.08.04.06.htm 15.08.04.06. 06 Production Field Inspection.. A. The Department shall make periodic inspections to detect the presence of other crop plants, weeds, insects, diseases, and to determine the approximate percentage of each turf grass species in the mixture.B. At least 5 days in advance, the participant shall notify the Department of the participant's intention to harvest turf grass from a new field.C. A field harvested before the Department is notified may not be eligible for certification..
15.08.04.07.htm 15.08.04.07. 07 Harvesting Certified Turf Grass.. A. Turf Sod.. 1) The participant shall machine cut turf sod at a uniform soil thickness of 1/2 inch, plus or minus 1/4 inch. In measuring for soil thickness the participant shall exclude top growth and thatch.2) The participant shall cut an individual unit of sod to a standard width and length with a maximum allowable deviation of 5 percent.3) A participant may not label turf sod as Certified:.
15.08.04.08.htm 15.08.04.08. 08 Issuance and Use of Certified Labels.. A. Turf grass complying with these regulations may be issued a Certified label.. B. The participant shall attach the Certified label to the invoice or delivery ticket accompanying each load or shipment. A participant may not provide a label after the turf grass has been delivered.C. A participant may not claim turf grass as Certified unless accompanied by a Certified label..
15.08.04.09.htm 15.08.04.09. 09 Complying with State Turf Grass Law.. The participant shall maintain records and shall label in accordance with the Maryland Turf Grass Law, Agriculture Article, Title 9, Subtitle 1, Annotated Code of Maryland, and this chapter.
15.08.04.10.htm 15.08.04.10. 10 Certification Regulations for Specific Types of Turf Grass.. A. Cultivated Turf Grass.. 1) Requirements for Seed.. a) The participant shall:. i) Use the seed of the Foundation, Registered, or Certified class, as determined by the state of origin and approved by the Department.ii) Use the seed cultivars and composition that are acceptable to the Department.. iii) Use seed of a Maryland Interagency Certified Mixture. The participant may plant individual comp
15.08.04.11.htm 15.08.04.11. 11 Fees.. A. Field Eligibility Inspection. An applicant having new land inspected for eligibility shall be assessed by the Department at a rate of $1.50/acre, with a $50 minimum fee per inspection.B. Participation Application Fees.. 1) The Department shall assess each applicant making application for fields seeded in the previous 6 months a one-time fee per acre per crop, in accordance with Regulation .03B(2)a) and (b) of this chapter.2) The Department shall a
15.08.04.12.htm 15.08.04.12. 12 Violations.. The Secretary may:. A. Refuse to certify the turf grass of a participant who violates any provision of this chapter.. B. Revoke or suspend from the certification program a participant who violates any provision of this chapter. However, before a suspension or revocation from the certification program may occur, the Secretary shall give the participant written notice of the violation and an opportunity to be heard pursuant to COMAR 15.01.01.
15.08.04.9999.htm 15.08.04.9999. Administrative History Effective date: March 7, 1988 (15:5 Md. R. 623). Regulation .08B amended effective October 2, 2000 (27:19 Md. R. 1729). Regulation .10A amended effective October 2, 2000 (27:19 Md. R. 1729). Regulation .11B amended effective August 16, 1993 (20:16 Md. R. 1279) ―. Chapter revised effective April 29, 2002 (29:8 Md. R. 701). Regulation .02B amended effective October 18, 2010 (37:21 Md. R. 1437).
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