Seed Academy

Seed Academy was developed to help individuals understand the importance of seed biology & technology. We offer both online and onsite training courses. 

Online Courses offer convenient remote training which reduces travel costs and time away from work/home. Access our online courses from the comfort of your own computer. Online courses are scheduled for small periods of time, spread over multiple weeks, to allow you to continue your daily responsibilities while learning.

Onsite training for production staff and seed technologists are typically two hours in duration. In depth workshops for seed technologists and production staff can be 2-6 hours and cover testings and quality principles. Seed Morphology, Moisture, Germination, and Vigor are the standard concepts covered. Click on the courses below to register.  

Online Courses

SA203 Soybean Quality August 1 Hour Complimentary Register
SA212 Corn Quality June 1 Hour Complimentary Register
SA221 Wheat Quality May 1 Hour Complimentary Register
SA231 Seed Sampling (Online) March 4 Weeks $250 Register
SA301 Seed Biology Jan-April 12 Weeks $650 Register
SA305 Seed Technology Jan-April 12 Weeks $650 Register


Onsite Courses

SA231 Seed Sampling (Practical) May 1 Day $250 Register
SA302 Seed Purity* May 1.5 Days $150 Register
SA303 Genetic Purity* May 1.5 Days $150 Register
SA304 Seed Viability* May 1.5 Days $150 Register

*Seed Tech Week Course (All 3 courses for $350)



Test Fest TBD $50/day or $100 for all 3 days Register
SA231 Seed Sampling - Idaho TBD $400/person Register


Laura instructing student during one of our On-Site courses

Laura instructing student during one of our On-Site courses




Seed Academy Instructors

Tim Gutormson

Tim is an agronomist with 35 years of seed technology in testing and seed research. Tim has BS and MS degrees in Agronomy, has taught college courses, is a registered member of SCST, past president of SCST, a past chairman of the American Seed Research Foundation, and current chairman of the Seed Testing Research Foundation. Tim was also an editor of the 1st and 2nd editions of the Seed Technologist Training Manual (STTM).

Kalyn Brix

Kalyn is a registered Genetic Technologist, Certified Quality Auditor, agronomist, RMI, RST, and is an expert in ELISA and trait testing. She co-authored the chapter on ELISA testing in the 2nd edition of the STTM. She has over 25 years of experience in seed testing. Kalyn specializes in genetics and quality.

Laura Carlson

Laura is a registered Seed Technologist and holds the role of Test Evaluation Manager at SoDak labs. She has 16 years of experience in the seed industry, specializing in purity testing. She has instructed courses on seed identification, germination, tetrazolium testing, and seed sampling.