Is it better to save seed or buy certified seed?

The recently released Overview of Certified Seed and Farmer Saved Seed study can help wheat producers choose the type of seed to plant. The report compares the costs of saving and cleaning seed to purchasing certified seed.

“Based on the data, the results show that in only two out of the 10 years covered by the survey was certified seed a more expensive option than saved seed,” says Ryan Furtas, research economist.

But farmers should do their analysis with their own data and take into account wheat prices and seed availability.

The report can be obtained by contacting Furtas at 780-422-7095 or [email protected].

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