Lab Services

Research and innovation is at the forefront of everything we do at Germinal, it leads to real progress for our company and our industry.

Lab Services
Lab Services

For over thirty years we have been running a seed cleaning and testing facility in our on–site licensed seed testing station.  This facility is audited regularly by the Soil Association, the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) as well as own internal quality management system.

Our analyst in charge, Mark Hawley, runs our dedicated laboratory and is a vital asset to our company. Mark and his assistant analyst Lisa Haggins ensure that each Germinal product distributed to customers is of the highest standard. Working closely with our in–house teams and through liaison with our warehouses, samples from the cleaning plant are regularly tested in order to ensure the quality of our seed is consistently high. Regular germination tests are carried out on all of our certified grass seed.

As part of our expansion and innovation initiative we are opening these very specialist services to you. Our laboratory staff will apply their expert knowledge to your external samples sent here for testing. We welcome any type of testing, from official samples for statutory testing to standard germination and purity updates.

Our laboratory staff can be your dedicated testing team.  

Licensed Seed Testing Station

We are licensed to test the following species of seed:

  • Alsike Clover
  • Barley
  • Trefoil
  • Festulolium
  • Fine Leaved Sheeps Fescue
  • Fodder Kale
  • Hard Fescue
  • Hybrid Ryegrass
  • Italian Ryegrass
  • Meadow Fescue
  • Oats
  • Perennial Ryegrass
  • Red Clover
  • Red/Chewings Fescue
  • Rye
  • Sheeps Fescue
  • Swede
  • Swede Rape (Inc. Oilseed Rape)
  • Tall Fescue
  • Timothy
  • Turnip
  • Turnip Rape
  • Wheat
  • White Clover

Services We Provide

We have created a dedicated specialist laboratory with expert staff that provide a wide range of services.

 

Statutory Testing:

Purity:
Used to determine the percentage, by weight of pure seed, other seeds and inert matter.

Other Seed Search:
Used to conclude the quantity of weed seeds in a known seed weight.

Germination:
Used to estimate the maximum growth potential of a specific seed lot.

 

Unofficial Testing:

Purity:
Used to determine the percentage, by weight of pure seed, other seeds and inert matter.

Other Seed Search:
Used to conclude the quantity of weed seeds in a known seed weight.

Germination:
Used to estimate the maximum growth potential of a specific seed lot.

Moisture:
Used to establish the moisture content of a seed lot, carried out using the oven test method.

Thousand Grain Weight (TGW):
Used to determine the weight of 1,000 grains of a seed species to aid in the calculation of seed sowing rate.

Fluorescence:
Used to estimate the amount of Italian ryegrass within a sample of Perennial ryegrass.

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For further information on our Lab Services please contact our Lincoln office on 01522 868714 and ask to speak to a member of the team, or email us.