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Legume Inoculants

Legume Inoculant Registration

Legume inoculant products and pre-inoculated seeds are required to be registered before they can be sold or distributed in Ohio. Legume inoculants are either a pure or a mixed culture of rhizobium bacteria capable of inoculating legume plants. Pre-inoculated seeds refers to legume seeds which have received, prior to sale, an application of a legume inoculant.

An application, $50 fee per brand, and a copy of each product label must be submitted to our office for registration. These registrations expire annually on December 31. Please contact our office for the application form.

Label information
Each container of legume inoculant culture must have at least the following information:

  • The name and address of the person responsible for the distribution of the legume inoculant;
  • The name of the group or groups of plants for which the brand is represented to be effective;
  • The name of the brand of the pure or mixed culture of legume inoculant and lot number;
  • The rate at which the legume inoculant culture is to be applied;
  • Date beyond which the legume inoculant is not claimed to be effective.

Each container of pre-inoculated seed must have at least the following information:

  • The name and address of the person responsible for the distribution;
  • The brand and lot number of the legume inoculant used to pre-inoculate the seed;
  • Date beyond which the legume inoculant is not claimed to be effective.

Legume Inoculator's License

Legume inoculator licenses are required for each business where legume inoculants are applied for others or to a customer's order. Please contact our office for the application form. These licenses expire each year on January 31 and can be renewed for a $5 application fee.

The legume inoculator must keep records for at least 18 months that include complete data concerning the source and lot number of the inoculant material used, the rate and date of application, and the lot identity by owner and lot number, if any, of the seed to which the material was applied.