In this edition of SGS BioVision News, we will discuss:

  • Cross border documentation services for global seed shipments
  • Launch of re-branded website and service expansion
  • Greenhouse input and growing season management
  • Secure and efficient online payment
  • Ask an Analyst: Top news from the lab that will impact 2019

CROSS BORDER DOCUMENTATION SERVICES FOR GLOBAL SEED SHIPMENTS

Are you shipping seed across the Canadian border? SGS BioVision can assist with importing seed into Canada through Seed Import Conformity Assessments (SICA) based on international Reports of Analysis accompanied with an assigned Authorized Importer. Global seed shipments fulfill planting sources for farm operators, greenhouses, landscaping and professional sports fields. For Canadian grown seed moving to the United States, we are authorized to conduct a Federal Noxious Weed Exam and generate APHIS documentation to facilitate movement through border services. Contact us for submission guidelines, as your sample size may not match Canadian standard volumes.

LAUNCH OF RE-BRANDED WEBSITE AND SERVICE EXPANSION

SGS BioVision’s web presence at www.biovision.ca has grown to include SGS’s soil, feed, leaf and greenhouse services, which demonstrates our commitment to bein your ONE-STOP-SHOP agricultural lab. Our re-branded website encourages clients and prospects to interact and engage directly with our staff through REQUEST A QUOTE, CONTACT US, RESOURCES and NEWS features. SGS BioVision became part of the SGS Group in 2017, a global company with over 140 years experience serving the global agricultural market. We trust that you will enjoy our new website, that better reflects our enhanced capabilities and the look and feel of the world’s leading inspection, testing and certification company.

GREENHOUSE INPUT AND GROWING SEASON MANAGEMENT

Manage productive greenhouse operation with analytics designed for media, water and tissue, prior to start up and during the growing season. Below are guidelines to help you along the way.

  • Source Water: Prior to each production cycle, understand the source water quality by testing, especially water sourced from ponds or wells due to mineral content variability.
  • Solution: Conduct weekly nutrient, pH, and EC analysis to aid in the development of robust fertility programs to enhance crop development
  • Growing Media: Test both prior to planting and once mid-season to benchmark and compare changes in nutrient content, pH, and EC.
  • Plant Tissue: Weekly to monthly nutrient analysis monitors the adequacy of fertilizer programs, and diagnosis of deficiencies and toxicities before plants become visually symptomatic, so that managers can respond with timely amendments.

SECURE AND EFFICIENT ONLINE PAYMENT

To make invoice payment simple and cost effective, we offer secure online payment. Save time and fees by paying your SGS BioVision invoice by credit card at www.biovision.ca. Once the transaction is complete, a full receipt will be emailed to you.

ASK AN ANALYST: TOP NEWS FROM THE LAB THAT WILL IMPACT 2019

The top Canadian agricultural news from our testing business line has major ramifications on 2019 agronomic planning and grain shipping. Below is advice on how our customers may need to adjust their operational or business processes based on key 2019 news highlights and trends..

  • Dormancy and frost damage in cereals has caused below average germination results. Evaluate the Fresh Seed % reported, as this quantifies dormant seeds, and understand Abnormal Seedling % caused by frost damage. Re-test your cereal seed prior to planting to ensure product conformity and manage risk.
  • Unfavorable fall weather has resulted in reduced soil sampling activities for nutrient testing. Plan out your sampling program now and be prepared by submitting samples early.
  • High vomitoxin in Ontario corn has resulted in downgrading and rejection of grain. Understand your vomitoxin parts per million (ppm) before shipping or feeding grain, by choosing the ELISA test at our Guelph lab.