Submitting Samples, Forms, E-Transfer

HOW TO SET UP AN ACCOUNT WITH THE ISU SEED LABORATORY

The ISU Seed Lab will set up an account and will assign you an account number once your first sample has arrived. If you have conducted business with the Seed Lab in the past, your account number will appear on your test report or summary.

HOW TO SEND YOUR SAMPLES

Place your samples in a padded box or envelope and ship to:
ISU Seed Laboratory
109 Seed Science Center
2115 Osborn Drive
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011-1050

WHAT TYPE OF BAGS SHOULD YOU  SUBMIT SAMPLES IN, AND HOW DO  YOU OBTAIN THE BAGS?

  • Companies/Co-ops: Bags are available at no charge by contacting ISU Seed Lab Customer Care at (515-294-6826 or seedlab@iastate.edu)
  • Farmers: Visit your county Extension office. 
  • Others: Samples should be sent in clean, securely sealed bags that are clearly marked with crop, variety, lot number, test (s) requested, and your complete address (including your phone fax, and customer number). 
    If you do not have an ISU Seed Lab customer number, please contact Customer Care (515-294-6826 or seedlab@iastate.edu).

HOW MUCH SEED SHOULD YOU SEND?

Germination and Vigor testing on corn and soybeans can be completed with one pound of seed. Quantitites required for other species may vary based upon the seed being tested and the tests required. Please contact Customer Care at (515-294-6826 or seedlab@iastate.edu) for more information.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SUBMITTING SAMPLES

For more information about submitting seed samples, contact ISU Seed Laboratory Customer Care Representative Cherie Hill at (515-294-6826 or seedlab@iastate.edu).


E-TRANSFER AND SAMPLE SUBMISSION FORMS MAKE SUBMITTING SAMPLES QUICK AND EFFICIENT

For your convenience, we offer three options for submitting seed sample information:

Option #1 (Sample Bag):  Several sizes of sample bags are free upon request. Please fill out information as completely and accurately as possible. We welcome calls or e-mails should you need assistance (515-294-6826, seedlab@iastate.edu).

Option #2 (Sample Submission Form): Print out the pdf version of the Submission Form, fill it out, and send it with the samples. Or fill out electronicall and print it.  pdf Format   transferform.xlsx

Option #3 (E-Transfer): This option isn't available to all customers.  Please contact Mike Stahr (mgstahr@iastate.edu) or Cherie (seedlab@iastate.edu, 515-294-6826) for more information. E-transfer uploads information from an Excel spreadsheet into CySeed (our testing database). It reduces the chance of an error in entering variety, lot, or other information that may be long and complicated.  Plus it reduces the time needed to get testing started.