A common misperception is the idea of "cheap" bin run wheat seed. If we analyze the yield risk, financial and legal risk of using bin run seed, we see that risks often outweigh the benefits:
1) planting issues -- bin run seed will not run through modern air seeders, and many mechanical drills may have plugging issues when using bin run wheat.
2) uncertified and untested seed -- when planting bin run seed, you have reduced or zero confidence in seed germination or guarantee of purity.
3) legal risk -- growers assume additional risk in that you could be purchasing PVP protected wheat or triticale seed.
4) decreased yield -- yield drag is often observed in wheat seed and triticale seed that has not been precision cleaned.
5) increased cost -- this varies greatly based on regional circumstances, but a common rule of thumb is to double the planting rate for bin run wheat seed which greatly increases the final cost of wheat seed.
In summary, we always recommend wheat growers evaluate all costs / benefits of using saved wheat seed before making final wheat seed decisions.
Gayland Ward Seed offers multiple certified wheat varieties all of which offer improved disease resistance and increased yields. We are proud to offer wheat seed that has completed a thorough field inspection and subsequently tested through rigorous quality control protocols.