Get Your Seed Tested at MCIA!

It is that time of year again. The sun is shining, the air is slowly warming, grass is becoming greener; spring is upon us. Dust has been flying from field to field these past weeks in preparation of the upcoming planting season. Farmers have the ‘itch’ to get rolling, putting seed in the ground. If… Continue reading

Grass Seed Testing

Did you know we do grass seed testing? We will do a purity and germination on most of the Michigan Department of Transportation roadside grass mixes, but we will also test your home/farm grass mixes for you, too! We separate each component, then plant 400 seeds in clear covered boxes and this is what it… Continue reading

Seed Biology 101

Seed Biology 101 Each of us that sows a field with seed relies on the notion that a plant will emerge.  Somehow the seed turns into a plant.  Often, we do not see the germination process because we are busy doing the many “to do’s” of spring planting.  Many of you may not familiar with… Continue reading

MCIA Performs New Enlist Bioassay

Bioassays are used routinely in the seed testing industry to evaluate the presence/efficacy of traits in seed. A bioassay is in simple terms: the evaluation of the effect of a substance (chemical) on living tissue (germination seedlings). There are numerous types of bioassays including the evaluation of seed production in fields after Roundup, Liberty, Enlist,… Continue reading