ISSUE DATE: 08/05/2013
By Doug Rich
The use of seed treatments and coatings is advancing rapidly as seed becomes the vehicle of choice for delivering a variety of crop protection products. Along with this technology comes the responsibility to use it correctly to minimize risks and to maximize the benefits it offers.
“I think seed treatment is one of those innovations of modern agriculture that is really key to our growers when it comes to being efficient in planting, ensuring good yields, and being kinder to the environment in terms of on target applications,” Lisa Nichols, director of science and international affairs at the American Seed Trade Association, said.
Recently the American Seed Trade Association and CropLife America published the “Guide to Seed Treatment Stewardship” to promote the safe handling and management of treated seed. The guide covers a variety of topics including the transport, planting, disposal and storage of treated seed.
“One of the goals for this guide is to provide a one-stop shop, a resource about best management practices that are currently guiding the industry,” Nichols said “This guide is not intended to prescribe best management practices that are not already very well known.”
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