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Two New Hires Boost Field Services Staff

MCIA has hired two new field supervisors, Tom Keskey of Cokato and Dan Krenz of Redwood Falls, to oversee our southern  Minnesota service areas.

With the aim of better serving members enrolled in our Field Inspection and  Approved Facilities programs, MCIA recently redefined the boundaries of our service districts, adding one new district, District 4. Tom is field supervisor for the southeast (District 3) and, starting June 1, Dan is field supervisor for the southwest (District 4).

Map: Field Supervisor Field Inspection Assignments

Tom and Dan both have longtime experience in agriculture and are excited to get their boots on the ground, meet MCIA members, and see their fields. A full introduction to our new field supervisors will be published in the summer issue of the Minnesota Seed Grower.

MCIA’s new field supervisors: Tom Keskey (District 3) and Dan Krenz (District 4).

Field Inspection Application: Completion Tips


MCIA is in the process of mailing out field inspection application packets to members enrolled in our field inspection programs. A friendly reminder to applicants—please be sure to include the following items:

  1. Enclose payment. Review fee schedule to determine fees.
  2. Enclose proof of seed source with application (as noted below).
  3. Include field maps (complete and accurate).
  4. Enclose new variety descriptions if applicable.
  5. Sign and return completed application by due date (see below).

Application forms and instructions are also available on the Client Resources page, under Certification Services. If you have questions, contact your field supervisor or the MCIA office.


To avoid late fees, please note these dates:

  • June 7: Small grains, corn, and sunflowers
  • June 7 or 3 weeks after planting (whichever is first): Soybean post spray inspections
  • June 7: Soybean bloom inspections
  • 4 weeks prior to each cutting: Noxious weed seed–free forage and mulch
  • July 15: Soybeans (pre-harvest inspection only)
  • Year of seeding: Perennials and native grasses and forbs

Proof of Seed Source

Applicants for seed certification must provide proof that eligible seed was used to plant seed production fields. Submit the Foundation or Registered seed tag or bulk certificate as your proof of seed source. If you have questions regarding eligibility for certification contact your field supervisor or the MCIA office.

Seed Laboratory Update

If you haven’t submitted your seed samples for testing, do so now! Verifying that seed standards are met is one of the last steps in the certification process. Germination tests take at least seven days, and HPLC for wheat and oat variety ID testing can sometimes take longer. Rush service can be requested. Note: The lab will no longer prechill small grains before germination testing. If prechill is desired, due to possible Fusarium infection or other issues, please request a prechill in the remarks section of the Sampling Report.

Foundation Seed Pick Up Reminders

MCIA must receive full payment before you can pick up your Foundation seed order. Remember to contact the seed distributor ahead of time to make arrangements to pick up your seed. Call MCIA for additional information or if you have questions.

MCIA Launches New Website

After several months of work that included design, content editing, engineering, and testing, MCIA is pleased to announce the launch of a new website! We encourage you to explore and get to know the new

We think you’ll agree that it achieves our objectives: The new site is secure and mobile-friendly (responsive to viewing on various screen sizes), site navigation has been streamlined, and all of MCIA’s services now share a unified website (instead of two separate ones).

To assure that the site is easy for users to see and hear, Twin States Technical Services, the web developer MCIA partnered with, designed the site to an AA Level standard, following Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

How to Report Illegal Seed Sales

While many producers respect the seed laws, there are some who seek to gain an unfair advantage by working outside of the legal system. The Farmers’ Yield Initiative works to encourage compliance with existing seed laws. Please consider submitting a strictly confidential tip to help put a stop to illegal seed trade. The caller can remain anonymous, and the call is toll-free, 1-877-482-5907. Or, send an email to For more information, visit

Field Inspection Application Deadlines

Please note these dates to avoid late fees:

  • June 8: Small grains, corn, and sunflowers
  • June 8 or 3 weeks after planting (whichever is first): Soybean post-spray inspections
  • June 8: Soybean bloom inspections
  • 4 weeks prior to each cutting for noxious weed seed–free forage and mulch
  • July 15: Soybeans (pre-harvest inspection only)
  • Year of seeding: Perennials and native grasses and forbs

MCIA will mail information packets for Field Inspection Applications in May. Application forms and instructions are also available on this website. You’ll find them on the Client Resources page, listed under Certification Services: Seed Certification Program.

Covid-19 Update: MCIA Remains Operational

In response to the global Covid-19 pandemic, the Minnesota Crop Improvement Association is taking precautions to protect the health of its staff and our community. Although we have fewer staff members than usual working at our St. Paul office, all of MCIA’s services will remain operational. We have assigned several of our staff members to work from home.

Access to our facility is limited. If you wish to visit the MCIA office, please call in advance, 612-625-7766. MCIA asks that deliveries be left in the building vestibule, where they will later be retrieved by MCIA staff. The entrance to the building will be kept locked. Also, if you wish to use the shipping and receiving dock, please call in advance to make arrangements with MCIA.

The role of MCIA and its dedicated employees is essential to agriculture in our region. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together during this difficult time!

Specific information about each of MCIA’s services follows:

Seed Laboratory. We will continue to process and test samples as efficiently as possible. We will continue to receive samples shipped via FedEx, UPS, Spee-Dee, and USPS or samples dropped off to the cart located in the front entrance of the building. While unforeseeable circumstances may hinder our day-to-day operations, we will strive, to the best of our ability, to provide the services you request.

CONTACT: Chase Mowry, Manager,

Foundation Seed. Orders and payments for Foundation seed are being processed as they are received. If you have not paid in full for your Foundation seed, please do so promptly. Making payment and returning signed license agreements will allow us to release seed for pick up in a timely manner.

Seed Pickup: Please contact your Foundation seed distributor 1 to 2 days before you plan to pick up your seed. This will provide you with confirmation that your seed is ready and allows the distributor time to prepare your order. If you are using a freight carrier to pick up seed, please let the distributor know this as well, along with your name and contact information, in case there are questions. Do not wait until planting season to try to pick up your seed.

CONTACT: Roger Wippler, Manager,

Seed Certification. We are processing certification tag and bulk certificate requests as soon as analysis results are reported. Turning around requests as quickly as possible remains our goal. If you have any concerns, or if your immediate needs are not being met, please contact Jody or Janet. We will work closely with you to solve any issues.

CONTACTS: Jody Prudhomme, Manager, and Janet Daninger, Certification Specialist,

Field Services. Field Services staff continue to work from our various home offices, as usual. As we perform on-site facility inspections and related tasks, we are observing CDC-recommended health precautions. We are preparing for the busy inspection season ahead. As always, we are available to answer your questions and meet your needs.

CONTACTS: Kris Folland, Manager, and Seth Dagoberg, Special Services Manager,

Organic Services. Organic Services remains in operation, with many of our staff members working from home. Your calls will be answered! However, there may be a delay while your call is transferred to a home office.

Crops and Livestock Operations: Applications are still due April 1 for most crop and livestock operations. Please try to get them in on time. We will process them and get the reviews done and files sent out to inspectors. We will have inspectors schedule inspections on a case-by-case basis. We will respect the wish of any organic operation to delay the inspection. Inspectors have been and continue to be instructed in good sanitation protocols. If you are sick or have been around anyone who is sick, we expect you to cancel the inspection. For our Amish clients: If you receive a note to schedule an inspection and you wish to cancel it, please contact the MCIA office or the inspector immediately.

Handlers and Processors: Please note that we will be here to review new labels and products, update certificates, and provide our normal services by phone and email.

CONTACT: Michelle Menken, Manager,

Ready for Spring?

Early spring conditions may create more demand for small grains. The seed lab is busy, so don’t delay in getting your seed tested. At best, it will take 7 days and we need test results before issuing final reports, bulk certificates, and tags. A few other items to keep in mind:

  • Update your germination. If you have carryover seed, be sure the label reflects a germination test date that is compliant with the seed law.
  • Be sure you received a passed seed certification report before any tags or bulk certificates are issued.
  • Always tag or issue bulk certificates for the seed you distribute.
  • Resolve any issues about eligibility of seed source before planting.

Tags Required for Seed in Tote Containers

MCIA now requires that seed being sold in tote containers must be labeled with a certification tag. Sellers can no longer use a bulk certificate when distrib­uting seed in tote containers.

Any seed class may be sold in tote containers using a certification tag as proof of certification. A tote typically weighs between 1,000 and 3,000 pounds. In cases where tote containers are unloaded into the buyer’s vehicle, the tags must be provided to the buyer.