Lab Report

By Chase Mowry, Seed Laboratory Services Manager

Image by Andreas Göllner from Pixabay.

We are happy to announce the recent hiring of Claire Biel to fill a vacant seed lab technician position. Claire’s main responsibilities in the laboratory this year will focus on checking in samples, dividing out working samples for purity testing, and planting samples for germination tests. We will also continue training on some of the additional testing services the laboratory offers as well as the requirements of seed certification. Welcome Claire!

Samples submitted to the Seed Laboratory for testing so far this season are slightly behind in comparison to this point in time last year. However, of those received, the overall seed health of samples has continued to look pretty good, and viability results on average are high. We have seen a small amount of Fusarium (scab) infection in germination tests for wheat and rye samples thus far, and Sclerotinia has been present in a handful of soybean samples. Test results for barley loose smut have also shown low infection.

As a reminder, there may be delays in your test results for samples submitted around the holidays as we will plant around the holiday schedule. To prevent any further delays, please be sure to provide all necessary paperwork along with your samples.

If there are any seed testing topics that you would like addressed in future Lab Report columns, please send your ideas to MCIA Seed Laboratory Manager Chase Mowry at

Ready for Spring?

Photo by Hans Toom Canadian-Nature-Visions from Pixabay.

The demand for your small grain seed may be slow, but do not wait to get your seed tested. The MCIA Seed Laboratory is busy, and it will take at least 7 days to get test results before issuing final reports, bulk certificates, and tags. You do not want to be waiting for a test when it is planting time.

A few other items to keep in mind:

• Update your germination. If you have carryover seed, be sure the label has a germination test date that complies with the seed law.

• Submit a Sampling Report with all samples, complete with field numbers, lot size, number of bags or totes, and tests requested.

• 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.

• Retain your tags or bulk certificate as proof of seed source for your field inspection application.

Seed Laboratory Update

Seed testing desktop. Photo by MCIA.

Please note that the Seed Laboratory has issued a new Fee Schedule, effective July 1. To view or download it, click here.

A few reminders as we begin a new testing season:

• The sample must be representative of your seed lot—the test results we obtain are a direct reflection of the sample that is provided.

• Storing a sample prior to submitting—keep samples in a closed container in a clean, dry location away from excessive heat.

• Shipping samples—package properly to minimize damage and prevent spillage during transit.

• Include a completed Sampling Report and other relevant documentation for each sample submitted. Any missing information may cause delays in testing and final certification.

If you have any questions, please contact the Seed Laboratory Manager, Chase Mowry, at

Selling Seed Out-of-State?

Are you selling your seed into another state? If so, an All State Noxious Exam is needed. You can request the All State Noxious test on the Sampling Report when submitting your sample. If you have further questions, please contact the MCIA Seed Laboratory or your MCIA field supervisor.