Farmers and gardeners looking for quality-assured seed to plant can order a free 2007 Iowa Seed Directory from the Iowa Crop Improvement Association (ICIA).
Seed production information from more than 100 producers is included in this year's directory. Iowa Seed Directory listings include ICIA members who range from farmer-owned enterprises to multi-national seed companies. The directory lists fields that were inspected for genetic identity and purity during the 2007 season. The Iowa Seed Directory is published annually as a resource for quality soybean, oat, wheat, and native prairie species seeds.
To order a free copy, contact the ICIA at (515) 294-6921 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The directory also can be viewed online at www.agron.iastate.edu/icia .
The ICIA encourages consumers to request analysis information when making seed purchases. Documentation of seed germination, purity, and presence of weed species assures the buyer that they are purchasing quality seed.
ICIA's mission is to provide an unbiased source of service and education in production and quality assurance for Iowa agricultural crops. Founded in 1902, the association has provided seed production and crop performance testing services for more than 80 years.
This article originally appeared on page 294 of the IC-498(26) -- December 10, 2007 issue.