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SGS Mid-West Seed Services, Inc. (SGS Brookings) of Brookings, South Dakota will begin conducting field research services this spring in conjunction with SGS Alvey Agricultural Research (SGS Carlyle) of Carlyle, Illinois.  SGS Brookings will provide additional field research opportunities in EPA Zones 5 and 7 and is proud to be part of one of the largest agricultural field research firms in the Midwestern United States.

SGS Field Research provides on-time and compliant services, strictly adhering to clients' study protocols. A highly trained and professional staff of agronomy researchers offers over 50 years of combined USDA/APHIS (Animal Plant Health Inspection Service) and Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) experience.

SGS has a long-established policy supporting, not only required industry training but extensive continuing education to keep abreast of industry advancements and regulatory requirements. SGS is also a member of the National Association of Independent Crop Consultants (NAICC), and the staff includes Certified Crop Advisors (CCA), Certified Professional Agronomists (CPAg), and members of the North Central Weed Science Society of America and the Weed Science Society of America.

SGS has established working relationships with the largest Ag input and Life Science providers as well as small product development firms. These firms have traditionally relied on SGS for a variety of efficacy and GLP and specialty field trials.  

Facilities SGS provides comprehensive field research services at four staffed research facilities in the Midwest, representing major soil classes and typical growing conditions. Irrigation is available to meet clients' study requirements and dissipation studies. Additional research is carried out at remote sites to provide multi-location and duplicated trials.

SGS research facilities in South America enable seamless duplication of U.S.-based agronomic studies. Client companies use SGS to increase the amount of data produced in one year, to comply with regulatory requirements for product introduction in South American countries, and to provide for product exposure in those countries.  

Contract Field Research Services:

  • Traditional Efficacy Studies
  • Terrestrial Dissipation Studies
  • GLP Compliant Trials
  • APHIS-Regulated Trials
  • Multi-Species Weed Screens
  • Fungicide Evaluations
  • Insecticide Evaluations
  • Variety testing
  • Breeder and Parent Seed Increases

Large-Scale Grow Outs for Feeding Studies:

  • Conventional or GMO Materials
  • Irrigated Trials
  • Drought Tolerance Studies
  • Tillage System Research
  • Equipment Evaluation

Specialty Services

SGS increasingly carries out special projects requiring specialized equipment and procedures; the depth of SGS staff experience, expanded facilities and in-house support from the other staffed facilities makes SGS uniquely capable to provide expanded services to our client companies. Examples of SGS Specialty Services include:

  • Integrated education centers designed around client seed and crop protection products and services. (These centers can be designed and used to provide marketing, research and demonstration facilities, and are a powerful tool for client company sales and product development teams.)
  • Conventional, GMO and APHIS Seed Processing
  • APHIS Seed and Plant Material Storage
  • Seed and Crop Material Devitalization/Destruction Services (On-Site and Remote)
  • Project Management
  • Additional Services Provided Upon Request

Additional services are provided upon request. For your particular project needs please consult with SGS representatives:

Tim Boeker
SGS Carlyle
t: 618-594-7645

Brad Farber
SGS Brookings
t: 605-692-7611

About SGS

The SGS Group is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognised as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With 59,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world.