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We are proud and excited to announce that we have joined SGS - the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. With BioVision’s expertise in seed and soil diagnostics, and the resources and knowledge SGS brings to the table, we are now a one-stop-lab for agricultural testing. We will continue to provide you with the personal customer service and accurate test results you have come to expect, now with access to even more cutting edge technology and services than ever before.

Through the SGS network, our service offerings now includes:

  • Soil & Plant Nutrient Analysis
  • GMO Testing & Event-Specific Testing
  • Feed & Forage Analysis
  • Pesticide Residue

Falling Number

The Falling Number is an internationally standardized test used to evaluate the severity of sprout damage in wheat and rye, also referred to as the Hagberg test. Alpha-amylase, an enzyme present in sprouted grain, impacts the thickness of the slurry produced by blending the ground sample with water. The measurement reported is the number of seconds for the instrument plunger to travel through the slurry.

Generally, buyers and mills aim for a Falling Number result of 300 seconds. The diversity of 2017 crop results from our laboratory ranges from 150 seconds to over 400 seconds. For farm clients dealing directly with a flour mill it is important to know your Falling Number prior to offering your grain for sale. Contact us now to order this test.

Ask an Analyst - Questions from our Clients

Q. What are the germination issues this year and what steps is the lab taking?

A. We have observed an increase in dormancy in cereal grains this year. This means that numerous seeds are imbibing moisture in the germination test, but have failed to sprout, causing a low germination result. To minimize dormancy, otherwise known as “Fresh Seeds”, we have implemented acceptable dormancy breaking methods, including chill and potassium nitrate, and in most cases with success!

Q. What is new in Physical Purity testing for Pedigree Seed?

A. According to CFIA’s Canadian Methods & Procedures for Testing Seeds, accredited seed labs must now report partially ergotized seed bodies for the physical purity test.  Previously, only fully ergotized seed bodies were reported, so carefully review your test results going forward when assigning the grade.

Q. Tell me the difference between the Fusarium graminearum DNA and Plate tests.

A. Turnaround Time

  • Plated: 5-7 day turn around
  • DNA: 48 hour turn around

Result Reported

  • Plated: This test method quantifies the Fusarium graminearum percent infection and is the preferred test selected by our clients.
  • DNA: This test is qualitative, of which the result is either DETECTED or NOT DETECTED. If the result is DETECTED, we will proceed with the plate test to quantify the infection.

A DNA test is a quick, last minute test when you do not have time for a plated test, but when time permits, the plated test is more comprehensive and informative. Is there something you'd like to know? Text your questions to us at +1 587 801 1313

Customized Testing Packages

Did you know SGS BioVision offers testing packages to help you choose the optimal tests for your specific needs? These packages are not only comprehensive, but provide value.
To view testing packages, including our new Soybean SELECT, PRO & ELITE options, click here.

For more information, please contact:

Holly Gelech
Business Development Manager
SGS BioVision
t: +1 800 952 5407