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Nebraska Crop Improvement Association (NCIA) Seed Laboratory
P.O. Box 830911
267 Plant Science Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583-0911
Phone: (402) 472-1444
Fax: (402) 472-8652
Association of Official Seed Analysts (AOSA) Official Laboratory


The Nebraska Seed Law requires that a complete test (Purity, Noxious Weed Exam, and Germination) must be obtained before any agricultural, vegetable, or flower seed can be sold. Seed sales of agricultural, vegetable, flower, and wildflower seed requires purchase of a Nebraska seed permit.


Obtaining a representative sample is the most important factor in obtaining accurate testing results. When sampling seed in bulk, take several samples from different locations and depths of the seed lot. Use of a seed probe is recommended; hand sampling is acceptable if representative. When sampling seed in bags, sample five bags plus 10% of the total number of bags (i.e., for 50 bags, sample 10 bags). The sample submitted should be divided down to the desired quantity required for testing.


Kind Quantity Kind Quantity
Cereals 1 quart Non Chaffy Grasses 1 pint
Soybeans 1 quart Legumes 1 cup
Corn 1 quart Millets 1 pint
Chaffy Grasses 1 quart Flowers and Shrubs 2 ounces


Please note: Treated seed submitted for testing must be identified with name of seed treatment used. Payment for seed tests should be enclosed with the samples. Make checks payable to the "NCIA Seed Laboratory." Mail samples to the NCIA Laboratory, P.O. Box 830911, Lincoln, NE 68583-0911.

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