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- Goodbye Jack Dunn
Monday March 31st will be the end of the Jack Dunn Era. Jack is
retiring after 15 years of dedicated service to Tennessee Crop
Improvement, Tennessee Foundation Seeds, Tennessee Advanced Genetics,
and UniSouth Genetics. We are sad to see him go and wish him the
best. We hope he has a relaxing, stress free, and fun retirement.
- As of August 1, 2005 Tennessee Crop Improvement
Association hired Matthew Young as Head Field Inspector. Matthew
is a recent graduate of University of Tennessee at Martin with
a B.S. in Agricultural Business.
seems to be some confusion or misrepresentation about "certified"
turfgrass. There are 2 totally different types of certification
in Tennessee. One is certified as turfgrass by the Tennessee Department
of Agriculture. The second is "Blue-Tag Certified turfgrass"
and is certified by the Tennessee Crop Improvement Association
as pure to variety. The Southeast has experienced increased demand
for high quality turfgrass in recent years, primarily due to the
expansion of the golf course industry and the desire for rapid
establishment of uniform turf for athletic fields and landscapes.
In an effort to assure the quality of turfgrass obtained, contract
specifications commonly include the requirement for Certified
sod or sprigs.However,
there is some confusion about just what Certified turf is. Much
of this confusion relates to the fact that there are two different
inspection programs for turfgrasses in Tennessee that use the
Within TDA Plant Certification reside the nursery, greenhouse,
and plant dealer certification programs which involve a staff
of plant inspectors who work with industries to (1) ensure the
continued movement of healthy, pest-free plant material
in interstate and international trade, and (2) monitor the phytosanitary
condition of plant material coming into the state. Some
of the pests of major concern include gypsy moths, imported fire
ants, Japanese beetles and boll weevils which threaten Tennessee's
forests, nurseries and major crops. A renewed apiary initiative
is engaging battle with Varroa and tracheal mites which are currently
decimating the honeybee population in the state. This program
is not concerned with the genetic identity or purity of
the grass and the Nursery Certificate Tag may not be
used as evidence of certification to satisfy contract specifications
for Certified turf.
Blue Tag Turfgrass Certification is a program of voluntary participation
whose purpose is to promote the genetic identity and purity of
the turf and freedom from most noxious or objectionable weeds.
Certified sod and sprigs are produced in accordance with Tennessee's
Vegetatively Propagated Turfgrass Standards and have been frequently
inspected by TCIA staff to ensure compliance with these standards.
A Tennessee Blue Tag Certified Grass certificate showing such
information as variety name, lot number, field identification
and quantity of grass must be signed by the producer and accompany
each shipment of Certified grass. This certificate is
what differentiates Blue Tag Certified turf in the market place!!
It should be noted that it is unlawful in Tennessee to
represent reproductive material as Certified unless it has been
inspected, approved and labeled in accordance with the Tennessee
Turfgrass Certification Standards. The use of Nursery Certificate
Tags to imply Blue Tag Certification is a violation of Tennessee
law, as is shipment without the Tennessee Blue Tag Certified Grass
The staff of TCIA stand ready to assist producers with any complaints
regarding Tennessee Blue Tag Certified grass that is properly
- UniSouth Genetics has officially launched
it's own website. If you have been surfing here to get your USG
variety information, it is now available along with other important
information at www.usgseed.com.
We will continue to carry USG variety information that is pertinent
to the Tennessee region. Other information included who carries
all varieties across all USG member states along with variety
yield results and company information.
- The 2005 soybean variety information
has now been updated. The list now includes all USG licensees
in all USG states. Please click on the soybean picture above or
click here to view the 2005 available
certified and USG varieties.
- 2004 soybean test results
are piling in. You can click
here to view the University of Tennessee's 2004 Soybean trial
results. You may also click
here to see the results from disease test conducted at the
Milan Experiment Station.
- The wheat description and turfgrass pages
have been updated. You can click on the wheat picture at the top
or click here to choose the right
variety of wheat seed to plant this fall. There are 6 new varieties
this year. USG 3592 and USG 3706 available from UniSouth Genetics,
Inc. Benton is a new variety available from AgriPro. Vigoro has
a new variety with V9410. Pioneer has released 26R15 to the public,
and a new certified variety released by Virginia Tech is available
- UniSouth Genetics, Inc.'s early group
V variety USG 5002T has been
named the USDA's early group V check to go along with the USG
- University of Tennessee's
soybean release USG 5601T
has been named the USDA's check variety for all of their uniform
soybean variety testing.
- TCIA now has a trained organic inspector
on staff. He was trained and certified by IOIA in August 2001.
Please call the TCIA office or e-mail for any information on becoming
a certified organic producer. A certifying agent will be the one
to grant you certification. Please link to Quality
Certification Services (QCS) to obtain an application.