Perform a seed moisture test

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Elements and Performance Criteria


Performance criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Prepare for testing

1.1 Check submitted sample is in an intact, moisture-proof container with as much air as possible excluded

1.2 Select appropriate apparatus for seed moisture testing

1.3 Equilibrate temperature of submitted sample to that of the testing laboratory

1.4 Reduce exposure of sample to the atmosphere of the laboratory to an absolute minimum, according to the species and ISTA requirements

2. Prepare samples for drying

2.1 Mix submitted sample thoroughly

2.2 Take a minimum of three subsamples and combine to form a working sample of the required size

2.3 Limit exposure to air to thirty seconds during sample reduction

2.4 Where cutting or grinding is required, prepare one working sample so that two replicates can be drawn from the cut/ground material

2.5 Undertake pre-drying where moisture content exceeds International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) requirements

2.6 Weigh containers and lids before and after filling

2.7 Ensure weighing procedures conform with ISTA requirements and express weight in grams to at least three decimal places

2.8 Keep lids on containers until samples are placed in oven

3. Dry and weigh sample

3.1 Distribute working sample evenly over the surface of the container

3.2 Rapidly place open containers and their lids into an oven maintained at the required temperature for the species being tested

3.3 Commence drying period once oven returns to the required temperature after placement of containers

3.4 Replace lids before cooling to ambient temperature in desiccators at the end of prescribed drying period

3.5 Weigh the containers with lids and dried contents after cooling

4. Calculate results

4.1 Express moisture content as a percentage of the weight of the original sample

4.2 Report result of test