Agronomy Foundation Seed (AFS) of Colorado State University (CSU) serves as the link between CSU plant breeding programs and Colorado growers. When the plant breeding programs at CSU release a new variety, AFS is responsible for increasing the Breeder seed and producing Foundation seed to ensure sufficient seed distribution to certified seed growers. AFS also maintain and distributes established varieties released by CSU and some public releases from other universities and USDA-ARS. We strive to ensure a high quality product that is weed and disease free, has high viability, and is genetically and mechanically pure is available for certified growers in Colorado.
Agronomy Foundation Seed is located at CSU’s Agricultural Research Development and Educational Center (ARDEC) on the East frontage road along I-25 North of Fort Collins. Production of breeder and foundation seed class is done on the research farm and leased ground under irrigated conditions.
In addition to providing Foundation seed of varieties developed by CSU, AFS also performs contract production of breeder or foundation class seed for outside parties. Custom production can range in size from an acre on up. Seed can be conditioned, treated and bagged to meet the customers’ needs.
Aaron Brown, Foundation Seed Manager