Many farmers purchase seed for planting and then save harvested seed for two or more consecutive years before buying fresh seed. The challenge with this method is that the further removed saved seed is from the original certified seed variety, the greater the risk of:
The initial cost of saving seed is lower than certified seed but doing so may lead to a need to purchase more seed and/or apply more crop protection products if the saved seed doesn’t perform as well as hoped.
Certified seed is defined as seed that has passed an inspection and seed testing process regulated by government agencies and that it meets specified variety standards. Planting certified seed varieties helps ensure: