Seed Production

Seed Production


Distinguished instructors, including Mike Pereira, John Snelling, Kent Bradford, Jim Schweigert, and UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy Director Jovan Djordjevic will return in 2024 to deliver this exceptional course. Designed for seed production professionals and individuals seeking comprehensive knowledge in seed production, cultivation, management, and seed processing, this course offers an unrivaled opportunity to acquire practical expertise.

Participants will engage in stimulating breakout group discussions, with meaningful interactions and exchange of ideas. They will gain insights into effective crop management practices, quality control measures, and preserving genetic integrity and purity. Comprehensive coverage spans a wide range of crops, including wet-seeded vegetables cucurbits, tomatoes, and peppers, as well as dry-seeded brassicas, carrots, onions, and major agronomic crops like canola and corn. Emphasis is also placed on organic seed production methodologies. Indulge in a transformative learning experience that will empower you in the dynamic field of seed production. Enroll today and join us in shaping the future of our seed industry.

February 26-29, 2024*

*Proposed 2024 dates; subject to change

In-Person at UC Davis
4 full days of instruction
8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Pacific time zone (PST)


Early Registration: $ (COMING SOON)
Regular Registration: $ (COMING SOON)

Tuition includes all course materials, lunches and breaks. Class size is limited so early registration is recommended.

Available Discounts:
25% off - Faculty (from regular registration)
50% off -  Current Grad students/Postdocs (from regular registration)
Contact us for more information about your discount.

Hotel accomodation recommendations
(be sure to click the links below as the discount has been built into the URL)
Hyatt Place - COMING SOON
*please note, room blocks are first come first serve and are expected to sell out, so booking early is recommended

Course Location:
UC Davis Student Community Center
397 Hutchison Dr
Davis, CA 95616


Course Curriculum:

• Flowering and pollination
• Hybrid seed production
• Genetic purity
• Production factors influencing seed quality
• Specific practices for each crop (vegetables, corn, canola)
• Harvesting
• Conditioning
• Enhancement
• Storage


Guest Presenters:

Ron Amarel - Owner, R&L Consulting
Tye Anderson - Head of Global Seed Production, SSV, Syngenta
Patty Buskirk - Managing Partner, Seeds by Design/Terra Organics
Lindsey du Toit - Professor/Extension Specialist, Washington State University
Rale Gjuric - Head of Canada Seed R&D, Farmer's Business Network
Dave Mardesich 
Elina Nino - Cooperative Extension Specialist, UC Davis
Jim Schweigert - President, Gro Alliance LLC

Core Instructors:

This course is taught by experts from both industry and academia. This is a great chance to interact with experts in the field.


Mike Pereira, Principal Consultant, Granum Services, LLC, has 42 years of experience in seed production, the majority of which was focused on vegetable seed production, but also more recent experience in biofuels and stevia seed production. Mike has extensive experience in leading global seed production organizations and establishing new production areas around the world. In biofuels, he established the first hybrid seed system for Miscanthus, an ethanol feedstock, and directed hybrid seed production and plantation research of Jatropha, a diesel and jet fuel feedstock. Currently, Mike consults in seeds and alternative crops through his company, Granum Services, LLC.  He also is Chief Agronomist for Finistere Ventures, a leading venture capital company in agricultural technology, and is the lead instructor for three short courses for seed professionals through the Seed Biotechnology Center of UC Davis, Seed Business 101 – Horticulture, Seed Production, and Seed Biology, Quality and Pathology.


Kent J. Bradford, Professor Emeritus, Department of Plant Sciences and the founding Director of the Seed Biotechnology Center, University of California, Davis, CA, USA. His research focused on the development, expression, and maintenance of seed quality and plant developmental and growth regulation. He taught university and extension courses on plant physiology, seed biology, biotechnology, ethics, and philosophy of science. Kent received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biochemistry and Horticulture from Michigan State University and received his Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from UC Davis in 1981.


John Snellingfounder, and general manager of Rogue Seed.  34 years of experience with vegetable and forage seeds in the Pacific Northwest, California, and globally.  His experience at Rogers Seed, Seminis Vegetable Seeds, and Nunhems Vegetable Seeds focused on operations supply and strategic business management.  He has held diverse roles, from Fieldman to Regional QA Director, Global Production Lead, and Global Head of Seed Supply.  He has worked with many species of seed crops, including onion, carrot, lettuce, spinach, peas, beans, sweet corn, alfalfa, and other minor vegetable and forage crops.  John is the past chair of the ASTA Seed Treatment and Environmental committee and also served on the ISF committee of the same name.  John received his B.S. degree in Botany from UC Davis and his M.S. degree in Seed Production and Technology from Oregon State.


Jovan Djordjevic, Director of Education, Seed Biotechnology Center, UC Davis. Jovan is a seed executive with over 25 years of experience in the field crops and vegetable seed industries. His career began in France in 1996, as a corn breeder for Cargill Seeds (later Monsanto). Jovan continued in Canada as the Canola Breeding Lead for Monsanto, then in California as the R&D Team lead for Bayer/BASF. Throughout his prolific career, he has been a part of over 200 releases of hybrid varieties of corn, canola, tomato, pepper, sweet corn, watermelon, melon, cucumber, onions, carrots, and leek. He is looking forward, together with the SBC team of instructors, to imparting his experiences to future generations of plant breeders and other seed industry professionals.


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