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2015 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



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

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 13-16, 2015

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.


Germination Short Course 
April 20-23, 2015

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. One full day (Tuesday of Germination week) is dedicated to TZ testing.



August 11-13, 2015

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 (

Food Grade Bean Conditioning May 11-14, 2015

Color Sorting – Satake June 1-2, 2015

Color Sorting – Satake June 3-4, 2015

Color Sorting – Buhler Sortex June 9-10, 2015

Seed Corn Conditioning June 15-18, 2015

Seed Treatment June 24-25, 2015

Soybean & Small Grain July 6-9, 2015

Specialty Seed July 14-16, 2015

Soybean & Small Grain July 20-23, 2015

Gravity Separation July 28, 2015

Gravity Separation July 30, 2015

Seed Corn Conditioning August 3-6, 2015


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 1-5, 2016

Five comprehensive workshops on genetic seed testing in one week!! The workshops are targeted towards candidates preparing to take the Registered or Certified Genetic Technologist exams, individuals looking for a refresher course on the basics, and those that may just be beginning in this field.
Workshops include lecture, hands-on activities, and materials to take home. Time will also be spent discussing preparing for the exam, genetic testing issues, new technology, additional training resources, and sources of information for testing products.

Check the SCST website for information closer to the time of the workshop



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,