Plan your sowing well in advance and choose the seed you will use in advance and separate it or buy it as soon as possible, as there are times when the seed of a certain variety may be in short supply. If you buy it in advance, you must have a suitable storage place to avoid deterioration. (Dry, cool, and ventilated).
- If you need to buy seed, always buy SEED OF CHECKED QUALITY (Inspected or certified by the National Seed Office).
- Determine the variety that best suits the conditions of your farm and your market or marketing channel. Make sure that the material is registered in the Commercial Variety Registry (RVC) owned by the National Seed Office, as this means that it had to have been sufficiently tested before entering the RVC. Plant those cultivars with the best aptitude and yield security (varieties that you already know). If you are planting a new variety for yourself, try a small area first.
- Require the seller to copy the results of the official analysis before purchase. You can also consult the Office about the results of the official quality analysis carried out on the seed, so you will be sure of the condition of the product you are going to purchase.
- Quality seed is distributed by serious companies, registered in the Office’s User Registry, and must be contained in containers duly labeled with the name of the seed producer and/or the company that markets it in Costa Rica, the species or crop, variety name, lot number, expiration date and if the seed is treated with an agrochemical. Sometimes the germination percentage is included. In addition, when it is a Certified material, that is, it has been produced and processed under official standards and under the quality control of the Office, an official label must be attached to the container indicating the producing company, category, crop. , variety, lot number, physical purity, and germination percentage.
- Use the appropriate amount per hectare. Both low and high stocking densities can be detrimental to production. Not because you use more seed, your crop will be better and more productive.
The farmer has in his hands to make a quality seed. Risks must be reduced by investing in good seed and controlling its quality even before it is sown. The use of good seeds determines the success of a farm.