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Field Notes

MN-Pearl oat. Photo by Dylan VanBoxtel. © Regents of the University of Minnesota.

By Kris Folland, Field Services Manager

Almost every grain elevator has the following quote posted on the wall, “Quality is like buying oats. If you want nice, clean, fresh oats, you must pay a fair price. However, if you can be satisfied with oats that have already been through the horse . . . that comes a little cheaper.”

While that adage holds true, there are many instances in which certified seed is of the same or lower cost than low-quality seed, because the grower is assured of pure live seed, the absence of noxious weed seed and excess inert material, and payback at harvest. In the case of cover crops, the seeding rate of certified seed is lower, and therefore less costly, than low-quality seed, which may spread weeds, not grow as well, and otherwise cause problems in your fields.

Certified seed and related programs that assure buyers of the quality and identity of seed or grain purchased continue to be of great value. MCIA certification programs, along with our partnerships with organizations such as the Specialty Soya and Grains Alliance and the Minnesota Department of Transportation, are meeting important needs in the seed and grain industries. Demand for these services remains strong.

It is well known that seed of known genetics, tested to certification standards, and accurately labeled is valued favorably in the marketplace. Unfortunately, every year companies ask us after the inspection season if their seed can still be certified. We must tell them that after harvest is too late. Make plans now to have your seed sources identified, tested, approved for planting, and have your fields inspected to certification standards.

Our Field Inspect Only Program works well for private company genetics and standards because we can customize inspections and an entire seed production program to your needs.

Spring will soon be sprung. MCIA Field Services is here to work alongside you and start the growing season on the right track.