As planting season begins across the country, the American Seed Trade Association reminds farmers to follow 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 honeybees and hives located near the field, and communicate with beekeeper(s) 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,” says Andrew LaVigne, ASTA president and CEO. “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 nontargeted organisms.”
For more information, go online and visit seed-treatment-guide.com.
This Guide to Seed Treatment Stewardship is a partnership among ASTA, the Agricultural Retailers Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, CropLife America, National Corn Growers Association, and National Cotton Council.