Agricultural Seed Program

  • We have developed a new online seed registration renewal process for existing seed dealers.  Follow this link to create an account and then use the web code provided on the renewal reminder postcard you received in the mail.  Once you have created an account, you will be able to renew your registration at any time. You can also register a new business under your account.


Agricultural Seed Program

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The Kansas state seed program regulates agricultural seed which includes grass, legume, forage, cereal, fiber crops, oil seed, food plot seed and any cannabis sativa crop. Vegetable, fruit, flower, tree and shrub seeds are considered horticultural seeds and are not regulated in Kansas.

The requirements within the Kansas Seed Law (K.S.A.  2-14-15 et.seq.) are there to benefit the producers, dealers and consumers by requiring the seed to be tested and labeled before it is offered for sale. 

Farmers use the germination and purity guarantees to determine crop yield.  If seed does not meet those guarantees, the crop will be less than expected and the farmer may suffer economically.  Poor crop yields may ultimately raise the price of food for consumers.

Inspectors review labels and collect samples of various kinds of seed being offered for sale by seed dealers.  If the inspector finds seed that does not comply with the Kansas seed law, or if seed is analyzed and found to be out of tolerance, a stop sale order is issued.  That seed cannot be sold until it is brought back into compliance with the Kansas seed law, or it must be destroyed.

  • Labeling

  • Registration

  • Certification

Registered Seed Dealers

For a list of seed dealers currently registered with the Kansas Department of Agriculture, access our new AIMS portal by following the link below.

You can search by Dealer Name, License Number, County, or Registration Type.

Interpreting a Seed Label


A seed label contains a lot of important information.  Familiarize yourself with these definitions and always read the label before you buy any seed.  Remember that while each label is required to have this information, each label may be different so be sure to look carefully.

Kind - The actual plant that will grow from the seed.

Variety - A subdivision of a kind, which has characteristics which differentiate it from other plants of the same kind.  Most varieties are protected by federal law and can only be sold by the company that developed them.

Germination % - The percent of all of the seed in the container that is capable of growing into a plant. 

Test date - When the germination % was determined.  The older the date, the lower the actual germination % may currently be.  By law this date cannot be more than 9 months old prior to sale, not counting the month it was tested.

Weed seed % - The amount of weed seeds, by weight, included in the container.  State law restricts the number of seeds allowed per pound. 

Noxious weed seed - No noxious weed seeds are allowed in any container of agricultural seed.  Some of the species listed as noxious on the label may only be noxious in other states.  Only Kansas noxious weed seeds are prohibited.

Inert matter - Anything in the container that is not a seed.

Other Crop Seed - All kinds and varieties of agricultural seeds not specifically named on the label.

Hard Seed - Seeds which do not germinate because of a hard seed coat.

Frequently Asked Questions



Scott Marsh
Weeds and Seed Specialist

785-207-2118 (M)