Field Inspections

The Michigan Crop Improvement Association offers a variety of field inspection services for different applications whether it be seed, grain, or specialty traits. Trained inspectors located throughout the state perform the inspections.

MCIA inspection services are a statistically accurate system to evaluate and document a farm produced seed or plant product. They are a system used to evaluate a broad base of factors in the field using sequential sampling methods to meet a desired standard. Another added benefit to field inspection would be the identification, isolation, and removal of small sources of contamination as a proactive approach to reaching a desired level of quality. Additional testing is done at later steps to support the field results and offer additional information. For the same degree of reliability, it would be necessary to test a much greater number of samples at a later time (point of shipment) to achieve the same results. Due to the rising cost of specialized testing, a systems approach to reaching a desired level of quality is very effective.


Performed to see that no contamination occurs from storage facilities


Planned production, record keeping, unbiased inspections, and rigid standards

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A uniform and unbiased quality control system and marketing tool

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Quality Assurance »


Provides a benchmark standard for genetic purity and seed quality

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Identity Preserved

Provides a uniform and unbiased quality control system and marketing tool for grain

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Additional inspections can be added to create a customized complete quality control program

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Certified Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage and Mulch Certification Program Standards

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Why Choose MCIA for your Field Inspection?

  • Ability to view large portion of population
  • Performed at a plant stage when plant characteristics are most easily distinguishable to determine genetic or trait purity
  • The use of sequential sampling techniques to accurately measure field quality
  • The ability to identify and isolate quality deficiencies in the field
  • The ability to evaluate other agronomic factors contributing to quality such as fertility, maturity, weeds, disease, insect, and other crop

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