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2016 Shortcourse/Workshop Card (PDF)

2015 Shortcourse Brochure

Contact Us
For more information about
Seed Conditioning Workshops
, contact:
Alan Gaul
Seed Science Center
515.294.4011, Phone
515.294.2014, Fax

For more information concerning
Seed Quality Workshops, contact:
Michael Stahr
Seed Science Center
515.294.0117, Phone
515.294.2014, Fax

For questions about registration, or to be placed on a mailing list for future programs, contact:
Registration Services
Iowa State University
1601 Golden Aspen Dr. Ste 110
Ames, IA 50010
515.294.6222, Phone
515.294.6223, Fax

Special Needs
If you have any special needs, contact Alan Gaul at or 515-294-4011.

Change in Plans
If you cannot attend a workshop, you may send a substitute. Cancellations made at least one week in advance are subject to a $20 handling fee. For cancellations made within a week of the workshop, you'll be reimbursed 50% of your fee. No refunds are provided for cancellations made after the start of the workshop. Contact ISU Registration Serivces at (515) 294-6222 or to report a substitute or to cancel your registration.


Training Opportunities

SSC workshops The Iowa State University Seed Science Center offers a wide variety of workshops and shortcourses. Regularly scheduled courses in seed testing and seed conditioning as well as periodic workshops in testing for genetic traits and seed health are available. For more information, contact Alan Gaul by phone at 515-294-4011, or via email Staff members listed below may also be contacted in conjunction with listed courses or workshops.

DATES FOR CONDITIONING WORKSHOPS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE: For more information, contact Alan Gaul at (515) 294-4011 or Registration is available online at

Society of Commercial Seed Technologists (SCST) Genetic Seed Testing Super Workshop

Organized by the SCST Genetic Technology Committee and its Working Groups
Seed Science Center, Iowa State University
February 8-12, 2016

The SCST Super Workshop is held every other year and is composed of five individual workshops on genetic seed testing in one week. The workshops are targeted towards those preparing to take the Registered or Certified Genetic Technologist exams (RGT, CGT), individuals looking for a refresher course, and those beginning in this field.  Workshops include lecture, hands-on activities, and materials to take home. Time will also be spent discussing preparing for the exams, genetic testing issues, new technology, training resources, and sources of information for testing products. 

New for 2016: We will cover SCST switching from exams based on technology areas (herbicide bioassay, PCR, electrophoresis, immunoassay) to testing areas (genetic purity, biotech trait purity, adventitious presence) with continuing focus on the technology areas.

Tentative 2016 Electrophoresis Workshop Agenda

Tentative 2016 Herbicide Bioassay Workshop Agenda

2016 PCR Workshop Agenda

2016 Immunoassay Workshop Agenda

2016 Molecular Biology Workshp Agenda


  • Participants are encouraged to stay at the Best Western University Park Inn and Suites (877-229-6668 or 515-296-2500).  This will facilitate shuttling to and from campus (free shuttle).  A block of rooms and a special rate is available. Be sure to ask for the "ISU Seed Science Workshop Rate."
  • Iowa State University is located in Ames.  Ames is at the junction of Interstate 35 and U.S. Highway 30.  Best Western is located just south of Highway 30 on University Blvd.  The Seed Science Center is easily reached by driving north on University Blvd.  Map provided on request.
  • Participants can attend all five workshops or whatever number is best for them.  There is a discount for those attending all week.
  • Lunch and break food is provided.
  • The Super Workshop is offered by members of the Society of Commercial Seed Technologists (SCST).  Certificates and continuing education points will be from SCST.
  • Please contact Mike Stahr (, 515-294-0117) with any questions or comments.  The best way to reach Mike is by e-mail.
    Super Workshop website for more information



Contact: Mike Stahr (, 515-294-6826)
Shortcourse Brochure

For more information visit:

To register visit:

You may attend one or both weeks.  Cost for attending one week is $300.00, for attending both weeks is $540. Registration cut-off is ten days prior to the starting date of the course.  Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the ISU Seed Lab.

Purity Short Course

April 18-21, 2016

2016 Tentative Purity Short Course Agenda

To register visit:

Purity week consists of lecture and laboratory practice on seed structure, seed identification, purity analysis, sampling and dividing, seed laws, and tolerances. Attendees will 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. Purity exam will be on April 22.


Germination Short Course 

April 25-28, 2016

2016 Tentative Germination Short Course Agenda

To register visit:

Germination week explores the processes involved in seed germination, AOSA & ISTA Rules, seedling evaluation, seed dormancy, vigor and deterioration, tetrazolium (TZ) testing, testing for biotech traits, and other special tests. Germination exam will be on April 29.




August 16-18, 2016

To register visit:

This workshop offers a lecture and hands-on experience on most tests performed on corn and soybean seed.  One full day is dedicated to each crop, respectively. Topics covered include: AOSA & ISTA Rules, standard (warm) germination, vigor (cold, accelerated aging), tetrazolium (TZ), purity and varietal purity, special tests, identification of fungi, testing for biotech traits, and analyst certification.



Contact: Alan Gaul (

Commercial Popcorn Conditioning May 24-26, 2016

Color Sorting – Satake June 6-7, 2016

Color Sorting – Satake June 8-9, 2016

Color Sorting – Buhler Sortex June 14-15, 2016

Specialty Seed Conditioning June 21-23, 2016

Seed Corn Conditioning June 27-30, 2016

Soybean & Small Grain Seed July 11-14, 2016

Seed Treatment July 20-21, 2016

Soybean & Small Grain Seed July 25-28, 2016

Gravity Separation August 2, 2016

Gravity Separation August 4, 2016

Seed Corn Conditioning August 8-11, 2016



Individual or group tours of the ISU Seed Laboratory and the Seed Science Center can be arranged by calling 515-294-6821. The Iowa State University Seed Science Center is home to the largest public seed laboratory in the nation and includes classroom-sized conditioning equipment, a seed conditioning facilty, state-of-the-art research labs, and more.



Custom workshops can be held at the Seed Science Center on the Iowa State University campus or at your location. Workshops can be scheduled on a topics dealing with seed production, conditioning, testing, or marketing. For more information, contact Connie Sandve at 515-294-6821.


Directions to the Seed Science Center
Tours SSC

Driving:—From I-35, Exit onto westbound Hwy 30 (Exit111B)
—Take Hwy 30 West approximately 3.5 miles
—Exit Hwy 30 at University Boulevard (Exit 146)
—Travel North on Universit Boulevard for approximately 2.5 miles
—University Boulevard crosses Lincoln Way, curves around the north side of the Iowa State University
campus, and eventually becomes Pammel Drive (as shown on the map below)
—Turn South at the stop light on Wallace Road
—At the next block, turn west on Osborn Drive
—Turn right at the first opportunity into the Seed Science Center parking lot
—Parking is available directly in front of the Seed Science Center

Ames Map


Other Information

Workshops are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration take place from 8 to 8:30 a.m. on the first day of each workshop. Lunch is provided with each full day program.

Location and Parking
Workshops are held in the Seed Science Center on the Iowa State University campus. Parking is available nearby. A map and parking permit will be provided with your registration confirmation.

On-Location Workshops
Special arrangements can be made for workshops to be held on location at your plant or place of business with a guarantee that four or more individuals will register for the on-site training.



Iowa State University Seed Testing Laboratory, 109 Seed Science Center, Iowa State University Ames, Iowa 50011. Mike Stahr: Manager. Ph. 515-294-6826, Fax: 515-294-8303,