Syngenta unveiled its $20-million Seedcare Institute in Stanton, Minnesota that features sophisticated laboratories and is one of the premier seed treatment research facilities in the world.
Five-times larger than the former Seedcare Institute, formally established at Stanton in in 2000, the new structure houses:
• Research and development (R&D) labs
• Labs for application, plantability, dust-off and quality assurance
• Climate-controlled application and planter testing labs
• Large-scale commercial application and performance area to simulate real-life experiences for customers
• Modern customer classroom facilities
• Seed warehouse
• Office and meeting space
Syngenta's Seedcare Institute in Stanton tailors seed-treatment recipes for individual customers, then scales up the recipes from the lab to commercial-size treaters. Syngenta can simulate various climate conditions at time of treatment and adjust recipes for different crops and seed treating equipment.
The new Seedcare Institute will allow Syngenta to meet the increasing demand by farmers and seed companies to protect high-value seeds and seed traits. Seed treatment in North America accounts for more than 30% of the global market.
Syngenta invests more than $1.36 billion in R&D globally or $3.7 million every day.
Syngenta currently operates 12 Seedcare Institutes globally. Together they serve as centers of excellence in product application, quality management, training, seed science and product marketing support for its customers.