Seed that's not tested and labeled, or sold as "unlabeled brown bag," is likely illegal and may be suspect in quality. And while you may pay less, you're far more likely to get what you pay for.
That's the bottom line of a warning issued recently by Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. State seed laws are fairly uniform across the country. And the requirements "help ensure access to high quality seed that can be trusted to perform as labeled and as expected," says acting Ag Secretary Russell Redding.
Seed labels are required by law to contain the complete name and address of the seller or labeler, a treatment statement if seeds have been treated and appear legibly in English in an easily visible place on the outside of the container. In Pennsylvania, anyone offering seed for sale, whether for cover-crop or crop production, is required by law to be licensed in Pennsylvania for a $25 annual fee.
For more information or to learn whether a seed dealer is licensed in Pennsylvania, call 717-787-5609.