|(a) To be eligible for certification, all classes of
planting stock at the time of bulk distribution or shipping shall
conform to the following standards.
(b) General requirements.
(1) Constant care and grower supervision must be maintained
throughout harvesting, handling, and packing of stock eligible under
the provisions of the program so as to maintain the identity and purity
of it. All stock must be measured in bushels when distributed if it
is to retain certification status. The standard measure of a bushel
is considered to be 1 1/4 cubic feet.
(2) Planting stock is subject to sampling by an approved
inspector at any time during the digging season when the material
is being packaged or distributed.
(c) Shipment. For pasture grass, planting stock must
be packed for shipment in sealed sacks, bags, or other containers
that will insure maintenance of planting quality. Such containers
must meet the labeling requirements of §10.10(b) of this title
(relating to Labels) of the general requirements.
(d) Bulk distribution.
(1) For pasture grass, stock that is not to be shipped
need not be packed as for shipment (example: harvesting and loading
a customer's truck with sprigs). However, the consumer must be given
a certification label for each load.
(2) For turfgrass, sod blocks or bulk stolons must
be protected in a manner to prevent drying out, in order to ensure
viability of grass upon delivery. The consumer must be given a certification
label for each load. The amount of sod or stolons must be shown on
each label for each load.
(e) Label reporting system.
(1) Certification labels will be available on which
space will be provided for the certified producer to write the date
of sprig harvest and the bushels in the container or load it represents.
(2) Report forms will be available on which the certified
producer must record the label number, the date of harvest, and bushels
the label represents (example: GO682790 5-10-68 - 20 bu.). The report
of use of certified labels must be sent to the Seed Quality Program
at least once a month.