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Oklahoma Crop Improvement Association

Seed certification in Oklahoma is based on both genetic and mechanical standards. All Oklahoma certified seed must meet minimum standards for genetic purity, germination, mechanical purity and be free of certain diseases and noxious weed seed. The standards are established and modified from time to time by the OCIA Board of Directors. However, all OCIA standards are equal to or more stringent than the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (AOSCA) standards.

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Seed certification in Oklahoma is based on both genetic and mechanical standards. All Oklahoma certified seed must meet minimum standards for genetic purity, germination, mechanical purity and be free of certain diseases and noxious weed seed. The standards are established and modified from time to time by the OCIA Board of Directors. However, all OCIA standards are equal to or more stringent than the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (AOSCA) standards.

The OCIA is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of nine members representing all areas of the state and two ex-officio members (the Head of the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at OSU and the Director of Plant Industry and Consumer services (Oklahoma Department of Agriculture). All certification activities are conducted in close cooperation with the faculty and staff of the Oklahoma Foundation Seed Stocks (OFSS) and the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at OSU. The Executive Director of OCIA also serves as the Director of Oklahoma Pedigreed Seed Services (OCIA and OFSS) and is on the OSU faculty.

Major crops certified in Oklahoma include wheat, peanuts, rye, and grasses. Other crops certified include mungbean, triticale, alfalfa, oats, and barley . Average acreage certified each year is about 80,000. All classes of certified seed (Foundation, Registered, and Certified) are included.

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Important Change to the Wheat Standards

2-18-2020

At the recent OCIA Annual Meeting, the membership voted to make a change in the Wheat standards that will
no longer allow triticale in the field.  Revised standards will be emailed at a later date.



 

05-23-2019

Important Note from OCIA Executive Director

If you have been checking your myFields page for the status of your 2019 certified field applications you know that the inspections have begun.  We have been hampered somewhat with the rain and cool weather we experienced earlier in the month.  Inspections have become even more difficult with the rains we’ve experienced statewide in recent days.  Wet & flooded fields and impassible roads are making it difficult for the inspectors to continue with their assignments.  We ask for your patience with us as we attempt to make the inspections.  Remember: if you can’t get into your fields, neither can we.

 

A few things to keep in mind:

 

1)      You can access your myFields page 24/7 to see the name of the inspector assigned to your field(s).  if you have fields in multiple counties, more than one inspector may have been assigned to inspect the fields.

2)      You can access your myFields page 24/7 to check the current status of your inspection.

3)      If you need to cancel a field, you can do so at any time prior to the inspector setting foot in the field.  However, as soon as you know you are going to cancel please call the office so we can prevent the inspector from making the trip to that field.

4)      If you need to harvest a field but no inspection appears to have been made, call the office to verify the status and we will get someone there a.s.a.p.

5)      Remember: A field inspection is required for certification.  OCIA cannot certify a field that was harvested prior to inspection.  There is no recourse for fields harvested prior to inspection.

 

If you have any questions, please contact the OCIA office.

 

Roger Osburn, Executive Director

 


!!!!!------  IMPORTANT UPDATE  ------!!!!!

 

At the April 26, 2019 OCIA board meeting the directors gave the office personnel explicit instructions to no longer accept ANY late applications under any circumstances. Any applications for any crops will be routinely DENIED if received after the cut-off date.

 

Furthermore, any required documentation for which a deadline has been established will be strictly enforced with penalties assessed without exception.

 

This policy went into effect immediately and will remain in effect until further notice.

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Changes made to standards at 2017 annual meeting.

Establishment of a minimum test weight of 56 pounds per bushel for the Certified class of wheat seed.  There will still be no minimum test weight for the Foundation or Registered classes. Any sample of wheat submitted for laboratory analysis and found to contain rye and/or triticale in any amount will be rejected for certification and no re-cleaning and re-testing will be permitted.

8/11/17 IMPORTANT UPDATE: There seems to be a little confusion on adding test weight to the certification labels. This is NOT a state law and therefore does not have to be listed on the tag. It is a new requirement effective this year that was submitted to the OCIA Board by the Small Grains Committee at the annual meeting in February that ALL CERTIFIED CLASS OF WHEAT SEED must meet the 56 lb/bu test weight. Again, this is NOT mandatory that you list test weight on the tag but can if you so desire.  If you have any questions, contact the OCIA office.

Important Dates

Important Dates

2020 Important Dates

March 1 - Deadline for Small Grains Applications
March 1 – Turfgrass Applications Due
March 2 - Penalty starts for Small Grains Application
March 15 - No Small Grains Applications Accepted after this date
April 15 - Approved Conditioner Applications Due
June 15 - Peanut Applications Due

 


Reminders

A reminder about saving Clearfield variety seed, including Doublestop CL Plus: Seed produced from plantings of Certified class (“blue tag”) seed of Clearfield varieties cannot be saved for replanting, even on your own farm. Whether or not you spray Beyond herbicide has no effect on this requirement, as the Clearfield gene in these varieties is protected by a utility patent. This is a BASF requirement and is different than other non-Clearfield varieties covered by the PVPA. The BASF stewardship guidelines can be found at:

http://agproducts.basf.us/products/research-library/clearfield-wheat-stewardship-guidelines.pdf

 

BASF AgCelerate Program

In order to create an account with BASF AgCelerate Program you must first obtain an invite code or call 1-866-784-4630. If you already have an invite code, click here for AgCelerate.

MyFields

MyFields program use and directions.

MyFields

OCIA has created a planting record to assist you in capturing field information for subsequent application for certification.  It is
strongly advised that you use this, or create your own, as it will ease your transition to our electronic field application this fall by
having the information handy.

Some of you are attempting to use the MyFields online program for field certification. We appreciate your efforts but remember, you MUST create an account first and only ONE account. You will receive an email notification when we have accepted your account and then you will be able to start entering your field certification applications. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office and we will do our best to walk you thru the process. You may also download the "How To" booklet for your use.

You may watch videos on creating your field applications through the MyFields Program.

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