Seed Conditioning Specialist Alan Gaul and Seed Lab Manager Mike Stahr facilitate Seed Science Center short courses and workshops for seed industry professionals around the world each year from April through August.
This year a total of 12 workshops and two short courses covered topics from seed testing and cleaning, to gravity separation, color sorting, and seed treatment.
“Our color sorting and seed treatment workshops were very popular again this year,” said Gaul. “Many plants have installed new equipment to take advantage of current optical sorting and treatment application technology. The workshops help operators better understand and utilize the new hardware.”
Gaul said that in addition to multiple presentations regarding advanced seed treatment technology at the large ISU Hansen training facility, the 2017 seed treatment workshop included a tour of a new equipment demonstration site and the opportunity to learn about new seed treating equipment.
The Seed Science Center at Iowa State has provided training for seed industry professionals for more than 43 years. In 2017, 171 individuals traveled from 18 states in the U.S. and 6 countries including Argentina, Australia, Canada, Germany, Taiwan and the U.S. to attend seed conditioning and quality workshops at Iowa State. Visit seedlab.iastate.edu/training for more information.
Iowa Seed & Biosafety News —10/01/17