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Brent Turnipseed

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Title Assistant Department Head/Professor
Office Building Berg Agricultural Hall
Room Number 227
Mailing Address South Dakota State University
Agronomy, Horticulture & Plant Science
SAG 227, Box 2207A
Brookings, SD 57007

Supervision of the overall operation of the SDSU Seed Testing Laboratory and leadership
of a seed research project. Instructional responsibilities include teaching four undergraduate
courses (PS 403/L - 503/L - Seed Technology, PS 312 - Seed and Grain Production and Conditioning, PS 308/L - Grain Grading, and PS 320 - Crop Judging), coaching of a crops judging team, serving on graduate committees, and advising of undergraduate students. Also serve on several departmental committees

Assistant Department Head, AHPS, June 22, 2018 - present

Federal Grain Inspection Service Advisory Board Member, 2018 - 2021 (3 yr. term)

Association of Official Seed Analysts, President, 2006 - 2009

Registered Seed Technologist (RST), 2001 - present

Supervisor, SDSU Seed Testing Lab, 1991 - present

Academic Interests/Expertise

Seed photography and seed identification

Academic Responsibilities

Serving as Teaching Coordinator (2008 - present)
Instructor of 4 courses
Approval/Denial of departmental course petitions
Visit with prospective students/families
Other recruitment activities

Committee Activities

Variety Release Committee
Scholarship Committee
Curriculum Committee
Leadership Team
Teaching Enhancement and Assessment committee

Specialty Area

  • Seed Testing, Seed Dormancy, Seed Conditioning


Ph.D. Degree in Agronomy (Seed Technology), 1993. Mississippi State University
Minor: Plant Physiology
Dissertation: Deteriorative Changes in Soybean and Cotton

M.S. Degree in Agronomy (Seed Technology), 1987. Mississippi State University
Emphasis: Biochemistry and Botany
Thesis: Evaluation of Methods for Measuring and Monitoring Field Deterioration
in Soybean Seeds.