A discussion of seeds used in the Minnesota State Fair Crop Art
exhibit written by David Steinlicht in 2014, and not endorsed or
approved by the Minnesota State Fair. For the official rules, go to
The Fair usually posts guidelines for the upcoming competition in the
spring of each year. If you still have questions after reading the
current rules on the Fair website, you can direct questions to
Where do you get these exotic seeds?
After each seed I'll put a symbol noting where you can get the seed.
(C) = Food co-ops
(P) = Pet food stores (for bird seed)
(X) = Farmer's seed exhanges (for unusual seeds)
Note: Exotic seeds can also be purchased online. Google the name of the seed and -- good luck![Editor's note: You might want to call a feed store before making a long drive because some only sell seeds in multi-pound quantities.]
There are very specific guidelines as to what seeds allowed to make up the entries in the Minnesota State Fair's Crop Art Exhibit.
The main requirement is the seeds should be able to grow in Minnesota -- whether they are grown as a crop or not. The rule book states that "seeds, stems, heads or panicles and fruiting bodies or structures" of the following plants are allowable in Crop Art:
Good seeds not specifically mentioned in the rule bookThere are other seeds that seem to be allowed. While not listed in the rules, they are commonly used in seed art pictures at the Crop Art Exhibit. These seeds are:
Processed grains are allowed, but only on 20 percent of a Crop Art picture. These are particularly tempting to use, as there are few small, white seeds.
The bad seeds
Weed seeds are not allowed.
White rice is not allowed.
Sesame seeds are not allowed.
There are a couple categories in Crop Art in which you can use "seeds, stems, heads or panicles and fruiting bodies or structures" of forest, tree and shrub plants.
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