Iowa State To Host April Seed Care Short Course

Persons interested in a solid introductory course in seed analysis, as well as individuals preparing to take the SCST Registered Seed Technologist Examination (CPT, CVT) or the AOSA Purity or Germination CSA Exam are encouraged to attend Iowa State University Extension’s upcoming Seed Care Short Course sessions.

The two sessions, to be held April 15-18 (Purity session) and April 22-25 (Germination), will take place on the Ames, IA, campus at Iowa State’s Seed Science Center.

The Purity session will consist of lecture and laboratory periods on seed structure, seed identification, purity analysis, sampling and dividing, seed laws and enforcement, tolerances and available literature. Attendees will get to conduct purity analyses and perform seed identification separations on at least 10 different samples. More than 116 different crop, vegetable and weed species will be available for practice as well.

The Germination session will cover the processes involved in seed germination, rules for germination testing, seedling evaluation, dormancy, vigor, seed longevity and deterioration, tetrazolium testing (full day), genetic/AP testing, and other special tests.

According to Iowa State, the short course is designed to provide:

  • basic information regarding seed quality evaluation.
  • a broad course of study covering many seed species.
  • excellent training for the Registered Seed Technologist Examination or the AOSA CSA Exam.
  • an opportunity to attend either the session on purity, the session on germination, or both.
  • an educational experience valuable to both the participants and their employers.
  • a chance to interact and share information with other seed analysis professionals.

Because this is a hands-on learning situation, enrollment is limited to 14 for the Purity week and 24 for Germination and is on a first-come, fees-paid basis. Registration and special request deadline is requested by April 5.

To register online, visit www.cpm.iastate.edu/event

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