Seeds 4 Thought…Drew Kinder’s seed blog

Midnight Kentucky bluegrass
July 26, 2016, 4:30 am
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Midnight cert tag 79.103.13R

I recently received an inquiry from a customer asking if it is wise to purchase uncertified Midnight Kentucky bluegrass seed.  Here is my reply;

“I sell Certified Midnight Kentucky Bluegrass seed.  The photo of the blue Certification tag on my website is from one of the Midnight bags in my warehouse.

  • My seed is authentic Midnight as verified by the Organization of Official Seed Certifying Agencies.  If I couldn’t obtain Certified Midnight seed I would discontinue the product.  That’s just the way I feel about it, after 36 years in the seed business.
  • I don’t have any comment about the uncertified seed you have been purchasing that is labeled Midnight.  I don’t know what it is, and frankly, beyond the fact that it is poa pratensis species (Kentucky bluegrass), neither do you.
  • What I do know is the seed production field where that seed was grown was not inspected by an independent third party and the seed planted in that field was not verified to be foundation class Midnight seed which was verified to be grown from breeder class Midnight seed.
  • I’m not going to speculate why your supplier is selling uncertified Midnight when Certified Midnight is readily available in the market.  There are several obvious explanations of why uncertified seed can be more profitable to sell than selling authentic certified seed.  I’m not going to elaborate because I don’t know the motivation of any seed seller except myself.
In general, I think Woody Hayes, the legendary Ohio State football coach, had it right when he said there are three things that can happen when you throw a forward pass, and two of them are bad.
Woody Hayes
I’m in business to prevent mistakes in your lawn. Supplying potentially misidentified seed is not a risk I am willing to pass on to my customers.”
Drew Kinder