The use of strong and healthy seeds is a prerequisite for successful plant production for a variety of reasons.
- Preventing epidemics (e.g. loose smut, common bunt etc.)
- Preventing the spread of diseases (e.g. dwarf bunt, anthracnose etc.)
- Reduction of pesticide use
- Preventing bad germination properties and bad development of young plants (e.g. Septoria nodorum, pink snow mould)
- Contributing to commercial and ecological plant cultivation
- Contributing to high-profile harvest yields and high-quality feedstuffs
The seeds are tested for the most seed-relevant diseases and their quality is assessed using limits (economic damage limits) as part of the seed approval procedure during field inspection and/or laboratory tests.
BAES: information on seed-relevant legal aspects of farm-own seeds.