With #plant17 in progress, the National Corn Growers Association and the American Seed Trade Association want to remind farmers these five basic steps for stewardship of treated seed:
- Follow Directions: Follow directions on treated seed container labels for handling, storage, planting, and disposal practices.
- Eliminate Flowering Weeds: Eliminate flowering plants and weeds in and around the field prior to planting.
- Minimize Dust: Use advanced seed flow lubricants that minimize dust.
- BeeAware: At planting, be aware of honey bees and hives located near the field, and communicate with beekeeper when possible.
- Clean and Remove: Completely clean and remove all treated seed left in containers and equipment used to handle harvested grain and dispose of it properly. Keep all treated seed out of the commodity grain channels.
“Seed treatment technologies are an effective agronomic tool that provide seeds with the necessary protection for a strong, healthy start,” said ASTA President & CEO Andrew W. LaVigne. “It’s important to always follow proper handling procedures to ensure seed treatment solutions result in success for everyone involved and minimize the risk of exposure to non-targeted organisms.”