Foundation Seed Services

MCIA’s Foundation Seed Division is dedicated to serving the seed industry through the production of genetically pure Foundation seed.

The Foundation Seed Division is the vital link between the University plant breeders and certified seed producers. Varieties released from plant breeders in small quantities as Breeder seed are increased under close supervision. Extra steps are taken in all areas possible to reach the highest genetic purity and maintain the integrity of each variety. Fields are isolated from other varieties with greater distance. Extra care is taken to clean harvesting and handling equipment. Fields are rogued to remove offtypes and to meet variety descriptions and strict Foundation purity standards. Seed is conditioned using air screen, specific gravity, and spiral cleaners to produce the highest quality.

Seed is available in 50 lb. bags, 2,000 lb. tote bags, or bulk. Foundation seed orders may be placed via the Advance Order Form (see link below). Orders should be placed one year in advance for proper notification. Late orders are subject to seed availability. Deadlines for orders are April 15th of the year before anticipated need. A brief variety description is found in the Seed Directory.

For Orders

  1. Download PDF of Advance Order Form.
  2. Print pages of the Advance Order Form on your computer.
  3. Mark amounts of requested varieties.
  4. Sign terms and conditions agreement.
  5. Mail or FAX to MCIA.
    1. Michigan Crop Improvement Association
      P.O. Box 21008; Lansing, MI 48909
      Tel. 517.332.3546
      Fax 517.332.9301
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Custom Conditioning Services

Have Special Needs?
MCIA’s Foundation Seed Division has the ability to produce or condition parent seed, certified seed, and specialty product with the same level of attention as for Foundation seed. The Foundation Seed Division offers:

  • Ability to handle small or large lots maintaining integrity of product utilizing steel box bin storage.
  • Seed Cleaning: Air Screen cleaning, gravity table separation, and spiral separation.
  • Separate treated and untreated final processing lines.
  • Expertise in offtype evaluation and roguing.
  • Access to quality producers.
  • National and international Shipping.

MCIA has Organic Handler Status

The Michigan Crop Improvement Association has met the Organic Standards established under the USDA National Organic Program and received an Organic Handler Certificate effective August 1, 2007. The Organic Handler designation will allow MCIA to process, package and warehouse organically grown products. This added service will be available to our current membership along with other organic producers that wish to obtain this service.

  • Ability to handle small or large lots maintaining integrity of product utilizing steel box bin storage.
  • Seed Cleaning: Air Screen cleaning, gravity table separation, and spiral separation.
  • Separate treated and untreated final processing lines.
  • Electric Eyeing for special needs.
  • National and international Shipping.
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Interested in Foundation Seed?