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Plan for Field Inspection

Field Inspection
MCIA Field Inspector Jim Boots inspecting a soybean field.

Each year, there are some growers we need to contact to obtain all the information required to complete field inspection. Sometimes that follow-up process delays final certification until later in the year.

To avoid certification delays, please remember to keep accurate records and:

  1. Save your proof of seed source (tags or bulk certificates).
  2. Maintain proper isolation between varieties and other crops.
  3. New varieties—we need a variety description to complete inspections and pass fields. Forms for this purpose can be found online or by contacting the office.

As you move into the planting season, remember that your MCIA field supervisor or the MCIA office staff are ready and available to answer your questions.

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 postspray inspections
  • June 8: Soybean bloom inspections
  • July 15: Soybeans (pre-harvest inspection only)
  • Year of seeding: Perennials
  • 4 weeks prior to each cutting for noxious weed seed–free forage and mulch
  • Within 18 months of the year established for native grasses and forbs

Information packets for Field Inspection Applications will be mailed in May. Application forms and instructions are also available on the Client Resources page.