January 9 2017

Revised Handbook of Seed Certification

The latest version of the Handbook for Seed Certification is available to members. If you are a member and need access to the handbook please email Heather Stone, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to obtain the link. You may also request a copy on CD. Be sure to remove/replace all previous versions of the handbook as part of your document management responsibilities.

IL/IN Seed Conditioning Workshop

This year’s IL/IN Seed Conditioning Workshop will be held in Indianapolis February 7, 2017 on the front end of the Corn Belt Seed Conference. The workshop will feature nationally recognized experts addressing topics such as: Product Management and Stewardship in the Plant, Biological Seed Treatment, Trait Testing, Seed Treatment Equipment as well as Q & A opportunities. Visit the CBSC website for more information.

Walk the Pollinator Plot for Palmer

Numerous articles about Palmer amaranth have said it before but it is worth saying again; walk your pollinator plots to identify the dastardly weed known as Amaranthus palmeri – Palmer amaranth. Seed and seedling identification is no easy task. Tissue sampling and genetic testing is a valid and available option for early identification of suspect weed seedlings. While Palmer amaranth has been found in Illinois prior to the pollinator seed issue the seed industry has received the message loud and clear that Palmer amaranth in pollinator mixes is unacceptable. The Illinois Crop Improvement Association Seed Lab and Greenhouse have been separating and analyzing pigweed in cooperation with private and public entities. A DNA method for testing suspect weed seed is in development. A direct DNA test of weed seed found in a sample of seed for planting would greatly reduce or even eliminate the ambiguity of the current methodologies.

To learn more about identifying Palmer in your pollinator plot contact Matt Raymond at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Matt at 217-359-4053.

ASTA; Chile Phytosanitary Issues Successfully Resolved

Alexandria, VA (Nov. 30 Seed Today) — In March and August of this year an international delegation led by the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) met with the Chilean National Plant Protection Office (SAG) to discuss several proposed phytosanitary measures that could have negatively impacted seed trade with Chile for vegetable, corn and wheat seed. Since that time, ASTA has remained in touch with SAG and provided additional technical and scientific information as a follow up to those discussions. ASTA recently received good news that these issues, with one exception, have been successfully resolved. Read more about this and other industry bulletins on our website.

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If you have any questions please contact Doug Miller. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 217-377-3409. You may also visit us online at ilcrop.com.

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