Seed Quality Workshops


Workshop format and topics can be customized to meet the needs of a company and their individuals. Workshops use a PowerPoint concept presentation mixed with hands-on demonstrations. Workshops for Growers are typically two hours in duration. Workshops for production staff can be from 2 to 6 hours for in depth testing and quality principles. Seed Morphology, Moisture, Microbes, Germination and Vigor (MMMGV) are the standard concepts covered.

Seed Tech Week - May 7-11, 2018 (Brookings, SD)

SA302 - Seed Purity Session - May 7-8

  • Flowering Process (Embryology)
  • Seed Morphology
  • Purity Testing
  • Seed Identification (Poaceae, Asteraceae, Fabaceae)
  • AOSA (Rules for Testing Seeds—Purity & Exams)
  • Physical Purity Testing

SA303 - Genetic Purity Session - May 8-9

  • Cultivar Purity Handbook
  • Cultivar Purity (Hands-on)
  • Electrophoresis
  • PCR Testing
  • Herbicide Bioassay
  • Herbicide Sprayover

SA304 - Seed Viability Session - May 10-11

  • AOSA (Rules for Testing Seeds)
  • Seed Morphology/Microbes in Seed Testing
  • Germination (Tests on 10 Species)
  • Vigor Testing
  • Vigor (Hands-on)
  • Tetrazolium Prep
  • Germination (Hands-on)
  • AOSA Rules (Germination)
  • Evaluate Tetrazolium (Hands-on)

This three-part workshop is a great opportunity for participants to select training specific to their area of interest. The week is composed of three 1 ½ day training workshops. While many species, tests and topics are covered, we also cover specific species and tests per your request. Both new and experienced seed technologists will benefit from these workshops. It is also a great preparation course for candidates who are planning to take the registered or certified seed technologist test. This is a classroom style workshop with a mix of lectures on principles along with hands on experience.

Instructors are: Tim Gutormson, Kalyn Brix, and Laura Carlson.

$200 per person for one session or $400 per person for the full week. All classroom materials included. Limited to 12 participants per workshop session. Please register before May 1st.

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Soybean Grower Workshop

July – September - Soybean Grower Workshops at your site with your growers and staff—Generally a two hour classroom workshop format. A 9-11am session followed by lunch and door prizes has proven to get good attendance and keep interest. Participants will gain hands on experience with imbibed seeds, seedlings and seed soak test to evaluate mechanical damage.

Please call 605-692-2758 or e-mail us at for to schedule a workshop.


Growers - Groups of 30-50 is ideal, we can accommodated up to 75 growers. Two hour session (9-11AM) followed by a dinner and few prizes for attending. MMMGV concepts with 4 to 5 hands-on activities and informal format which encourages questions.

Seed Production Staff - 5 to 50 staff with classroom lecture and hands on in an open discussion environment. This can include plant tours. Emphasizing steps of handling and processing. Mini workshops at a company’s annual meeting site also works well.

QA Laboratory Staff - Customized to company needs, usually MMMGV and Trait concepts. Includes 6-8 hands on exercises and open discussion of concepts and methods. Great quality improvement and educational session for QA lab staff.

Dealers and Chemical Applicators - groups of 25 to 150, 2 hour format on Morph-Moisture-Microbes-Germination. This is geared toward individuals involved with preserving seed quality while applying seed protectants. Specific diseases covered include Phomopsis ssp. seed decay in soybean, and Fusarium ssp. seed infection in wheat.


1. Principles of Seed Technology 4th Edition by Copeland and McDonald.

2. Seed Technologist Training Manual 2nd Edition by McDonald, Gutormson and Turnipseed.