Congratulations to Joyce – 10 years at MCIA!

Joyce has been with MCIA since 2011 as a lab technician, where her main jobs were planting and evaluating seed samples. Joyce’s duties have now expanded to overseeing all aspects of the lab, from the intake of samples to the final billing. She is very systematic and thorough – characters we have come to rely… Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! Thank you to the Producers and Farmers who put food on our table not only today, but everyday! The MCIA Office will be closed on November 26, 2021. Stay grateful, friends!

Corn Chowder Recipe (YUM!)

The temperatures are getting colder, which means comfort food! Below is a very delicious recipe from Joyce! Enjoy! Corn Chowder 6 strips of bacon, diced 2 medium onions, diced 6-8 small potatoes, pared and diced 2 cups water, divided 1 Tbl instant chicken bouillon 3 cups milk 2 cans cream corn ½ tsp salt 1/8… Continue reading

Learn to Know The Beast

What exactly does it mean when a field inspector gives you a call and says, “I plan to be in your fields this week, just giving you a heads up!” That inspector is going to be walking your fields, taking six, 1,000 plant counts per field looking for variety off-types, weed pressure and types of… Continue reading

Seed Treatment

Same crop. Same variety. Same lot number. Yes, you did read that correctly. Everything about these two pictures below is the same, except one has seed treatment. The photo on the left showing the final germination of the untreated seed sample covered in aspergillus and fusarium (mold) and the right shows the treated seed germination,… Continue reading

What Are Those Heart Shaped Seeds?

…Velvetleaf! We found some Velvetleaf weed seeds a few weeks ago in a wheat sample that was sent in for a germination test. This photo was taken at a magnification of 7x. These seeds are very distinct, making a ‘heart shape’ just as do the leaves of this plant. During the season, this plant has… Continue reading

The Benefits of Certified Seed

Why plant Certified Seed? Why not use grain in the bin? This is a common question raised by all farmers at one time or another. Many take a backward approach of “what can I get by with?” rather than “what is best for top production?” Planting certified seed is a key ingredient to top yields…. Continue reading

MCIA Installs Q-Sage Precision Air Screen Cleaner

In June, MCIA completed the purchase of a Q-SAGE Precision Air Screen Cleaner, this replaced the retired Crippen Fanning mill. Made in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, this state-of-the-art addition to our seed cleaning procedure will provide increased capacity while distributing excellent seed and grain processing. The Q-SAGE upgrade will deliver optimal mill function with a 4-s… Continue reading


Is sprouting good or a bad? The answer depends on the application. For most of us, sprouted wheat is on our mind – which is bad. But we can learn something from the malting industry where sprout is a good thing. Malt is a result of sprouted barley. Barley is exposed to all the conditions… Continue reading

Tetrazolium Test (TZ Test)

Tetrazolium Test (TZ Test) using Triphenyl Chloride The TZ test is a quick, mostly 24-hour test used to estimate germination and seed lot vigor. Farmers will request this TZ test in conjunction with a germination test, theoretically both ending test results should be similar. First the seeds are imbibed with water, then soaked in a… Continue reading