Joint Referee


Joint Referee

Committee Chairs

Harold Armstrong
Advanta Seeds
P.O. Box 2420
Hereford, TX 78045
Phone: 800-333-9048
Stan Akagi
Utah Department of Agriculture & Food
State Seed Laboratory
350 North Redwood Road
PO Box 146500
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6500
Phone: (801) 538-7182
Fax: (801) 538-7189

Map of Regions

Region 1: AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY
Region 2: IL, ID, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, SD, WI
Region 3: CT, DE, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT, WV
Region 4: AZ, CA, CO, HI, NV, NM, OK, TX, UT
Region 5: AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA
Region 6: Canada

Our Purpose

The purpose of the AOSA/SCST Referee Committee is to provide a forum for the cooperative implementation of projects related to seed testing among a number of seed laboratories.  These projects are chosen and developed in order to fulfill one or more of the following purposes:
1) To promote standardization and improvement in seed testing;
2) To provide opportunities for feedback, training and continuing education to seed analysts;
3) To address issues of concern within a specific area of the Seed Industry and to identify areas where more research is needed; and
4) To test new methods and gather data in order to support a Rules change proposal.

Download Referee Testing Procedures and Guidelines

If you would like to participate in any active referees, please contact the referee organizers.

Current Referee Projects

Region 1: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming

Chair(s): Quinn Gillespie

  1. Beet Seed Germination on Pleated Paper
    Contacts: Romi Wilson and Nicolette Rusch
    Survey: Referee is now closed, thank you for your participation
  2. Sand Substrate Survey
    Contact: Romi Wilson

Region 2: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin

Regional co-chair(s): Nicolette Rusch

  1. Corn, Brassica sp. and Capsicum sp. germination on Agar
    Contact: Melissa Phillips
    Survey: Survey closed, thank you for your participation.

Region 3: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia

Regional co-chair(s): Jason Perrault and Nishit Patel

Region 4: Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah

Regional co-chair(s): Sue Alvarez and Bob Price

  1. Virtual Seed ID
    Contact: Deborah Meyer
    Downloads: Thistle Identification Guide  and Thistle ID Referee
    Please submit results to Deborah Meyer by May 26th
  2. 10 Day vs. 12 Day germination in Onion
    Contact: Sue Alvarez and Linda Barbosa

Region 5: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia

Regional co-chair(s): Andrae McMillian

  1. Brunswick Grass Contamination in Pensacola Bahiagrass Purity
    Contacts: Andrae McMillian
    Survey:Download Survey. Please submit by January 15th, 2017

Region 6: Canada

Regional co-chair(s): Janine Maruschak and Crystal Dentman

  1. Brassica carinata Germination
    Contact: Steve Jones

Past Referee Projects

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