OSIA & COST Seed Lab Closure

The OSIA Board recently voted to close the Ohio Seed Improvement Association’s seed testing laboratory that has been in operation we believe since 1926. The COST seed lab will also close. The seed laboratory will officially close on June 1, 2022. Increased lab operation costs and a decline in seed and IP grain field inspection acre revenue to support the lab have been the primary factors resulting in this decision.  In addition, the OSIA building and property have been listed for sale with HER Realty on April 25, 2022 and will be vacated in the future.  OSIA’s full-time front office staff and remaining field inspection services will be re-locating to the Ohio Foundation Seeds, Inc., Croton, Ohio location.

Therefore, OSIA has been instructed to inform members and customers of the cutoff time for seed testing services.  For example, a soybean seed sample for the germination test deadline will serve as a typical large seed example. Such a sample would need to be sent to the OSIA seed laboratory by no later than May 16, 2022 in order for a germination test to be completed prior to the lab closing date of June 1, 2022.  This date also assumes there is no additional lag time occurring due to other samples previously sent to the lab and being at the front of the line for planting.  Readers should also note that other seed kind samples requiring longer test intervals such as grasses will have to be sent to the lab by no later than May 2, 2022 or further in advance of the June 1, 2022 closing date.

Lastly, OSIA is referring its membership for seed testing services to two other recommended Northern Region AOSCA agencies with large seed testing labs and experienced staff.  This list includes Illinois and Indiana Crop Improvement Associations.  All Certified, Identity Preserved, and Quality Assurance seed lots will need a varietal purity and complete test with a copy of the results sent to OSIA prior to any tags or certificates being issued.

Thank you in advance for your attention to this important request and contact OSIA if you have further questions.

ALTERNATIVE CROP IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATIONS SEED TESTING LABORATORIES

ILLINOIS CROP IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION
Seed Laboratory
3105 Research Road
Champaign, IL 61822-1063
T (217) 359-4053 F (217) 359-4075
ilcrop@ilcrop.com
www.ilcrop.com

INDIANA CROP IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION
Seed Laboratory
7700 Stockwell Road
Lafayette, IN 47909-9336
T (765) 523-2535 F (765) 523-2536
icia@indianacrop.org
www.indianacrop.org

MICHIGAN CROP IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION
Seed Laboratory
PO Box 21008
Lansing MI 48909
T (517) 332-3546 F (517) 332-9301
www.michcrop.com/