for Field Inspection of Certified Crops
Growers wishing to enter crops for certification may make application
by contacting the office of the Tennessee Crop Improvement Association.
Growers obtaining Tennessee Foundation seed of any crop except
hybrid corn are required to file application for field inspection
at the time application is made for seed stocks.
Applications covered by seed stocks other than Tennessee Foundation
should be filed the year the seed is planted and prior to the date
Small Grains, Grasses, Clover, Bermudagrass: April 15
Soybeans, Lespedeza, Tobacco: July 10
One Registered or Foundation tag from each lot of planting seed
must be filed with the application and also a copy of the Bill-of-Sale
to cover any planting stock not grown by the applicant.
Application for Field Inspection of Quality
Assurance (QA) Crops
The Quality Assurance program provides a uniform and unbiased quality
control system and marketing tool for crop seeds merchandised as
varieties, hybrids, brands or blends. All crops are field inspected
and laboratory tested by a TCIA approved seed testing laboratory.
To apply for QA Inspections:
1. Check the eligibility standards below and if they apply to your
2. Fill out and return a TCIA field inspection application
3. Please attach a tag for each lot planted along with a Bill-of-lading
4. The deadlines are same as stated above.
- Products initially entering the QA program must have a statement
of origin signed by the applicant.
- An adequate plant and seed description enabling the agency to
make accurate and reliable field and seed evaluations must also
accompany products. This description will be kept on file by the
- Non-exclusive products must be labeled under variety-not-stated
provisions of applicable labeling laws and identified with brand
- Public varieties currently marketed as Certified seed are not
eligible to be labeled under the QA program unless authorization
is given by the originating institution.