Many maltsters require producers to use certified seed, or first year off certified seed. Use of certified, or first year off certified seed ensures quality for the producer and Rahr Malting Canada. This helps guarantee producers are getting weed and disease free seed of the correct variety with a high level of germination. When selecting a variety, agronomic traits, environmental compatibility, and regional markets must be considered.
Seed treatments are recommended to reduce incidence of smut in susceptible varieties. Agronomic best management practices advise seed treatment, even of resistant varieties, to reduce the likelihood of genetic resistance breakdown.