Please use the following guidelines when submitting samples to be tested.
Please submit the correct sample size for the test required.
Germination and Vigour Tests
Most tests of this type require approximately 250 grams or 1 cup of seed. For very large seeds such as some types of peas or beans, up to twice as much seed may be required.
Disease and Seed Health Tests
The quantity of seed for most disease testing is the same as a germination test. Some tests with special requirements may require larger amounts of seed.
Test volumes for purity and % pure seed vary with crop type and are available on the purity weight form.
Small seeded legumes require a 1 cup sample. Large seeded legumes require a minimum 2 cup sample. Inoculant, loose peat, granules, and liquid should be tested in the original sealed container size.
Canadian Seed Institute Samples
Follow the CSI instructions for the crop type and the weight to be submitted. Example: Wheat, Purity = a minimum of 1 kg of seed.
Quantities of seed to be tested for an APHIS certificate for export to the US vary with crop type. Please contact us for the correct volume required.
We test soil for clubroot and for a weed check analysis. It is preferable to have a minimum 2 cup or 1 kg sample size.
Root samples for clubroot analysis should have only one plant per bag and other plant or leaf samples should contain an adequate amount for representation of the tissue. Please pack fresh samples with moist paper towel and drop off at lab or ship by overnight courier only. Pack in a cooler with ice packs if possible. Do not allow sample to contact ice directly.
FLAX / TRIFFID Tests
This test requires either 1 or 2 kg of seed.
If you’re still unsure of the sample size required for your test, please contact us.
Ready for the next step? Click on the “Step 2: Packaging” above to continue.
20/20 Seed Labs Inc. provides printed sample bags to all of our customers so they may submit samples with all the information clearly noted. As well, you can use packaging or bags from other labs if necessary.
Some samples require special packaging to ensure the sample’s integrity is not compromised during shipping. Please determine if your sample may require any of the following procedures to keep the sample in proper condition.
For samples that need to remain cool during shipping, such as seed or inoculant samples for rhizobia testing.
Samples requiring moisture testing should be in a container that will reduce the risk of moisture loss that could cause a change in the sample quality from time of shipping to the time of testing.
Ready for the next step? Click on the “Step 3: Submit Your Sample” above to continue.
Login or sign up for a 20/20 account
Click the “create sample” button
Pick a crop
Choose the number of similar samples for a crop
Enter the information about the seed lot(s); lot numbers, sampler, processor, etc.
Enter the packages or tests you require. (Click here to download a list of our testing packages)
Choose method of printing a bar-coded label (Either a small self-adhesive label or a regular paper label)
Other Submission Options
Submit Your Sample by Mail
20/20 Seed Labs Inc. receives shipments from all couriers, bus and mail services on a daily basis. You should determine the best method of shipping your samples to ensure it meets your requirements for timeliness and sample integrity upon arrival. We process all samples on arrival and customers with a user name and login can monitor the status of their sample online to determine when it arrived, estimated completion date and check test results.
Submit Your Sample In-Person
You may bring your samples directly to our lab, or the after hours drop-off slot. Please call if you have any questions: Toll Free: 1-877-420-2099
20/20 Seed Labs Inc.
507 – 11th Ave
Nisku, Alberta, Canada
20/20 Seed Labs Inc.
3489 Pembina Hwy
Winnipeg, MB R3V 1A4
We are a global provider of superior seed testing services that includes all aspects of purity, germination and seed health.
We are accredited by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Canadian Seed Institute (CSI), ISO 9001 certified and the only private lab in Canada accredited by the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA).