Source: Becker Underwood

Keeping soybean seed that's been treated with a fungicide or insecticide flowing smoothly during seed treatment and planting season is critically important — for seed treaters and growers. More and more seed treaters are keeping treated soybean seed flowing by adding a plantability polymer to eliminate problems with sticky beans. In the process, they're making customers happy.

"We want to get the best flowability we can out of a product because you're always dealing with wet seed when you first come off the treater," says Jeff Williams, seed agronomist for Ag Partners Coop in Hiawatha, Kan. "We opted to go with a polymer like Flo Rite® 1127 Concentrate because once the seed is dry, there is definitely a noticeable difference in flowability. That's been the feedback from producers this last year too when we quizzed them about how the seed was working in the planter."

Flo Rite 1127 Concentrate is a plantability polymer that was developed specifically to enhance the plantability of soybeans treated with various seed treatments. When added to a commercial seed treatment, Flo Rite 1127 Concentrate improves seed flow in seed treatment equipment, seed coverage and appearance and while reducing dust-off of actives during and after the seed treatment process. Its unique properties allow it to be added with active seed treatment components, inoculants and colorants directly into the tank mix and applied simultaneously. No talc or additional polymers are required during application, but growers are encouraged to following their planter manufacturer's recommendation for seed/planter lubricant requirements.

Mike Peterson, owner of Peterson Farm Inc., Wheatfield, Ind., and a veteran seed sales representative, applies the plantability polymer to all the treated soybean seed he sells as an added benefit to customers. "Our customers were very happy with the way the soybeans flowed, especially as they moved beans in and out of the wagons and into the planters," says Peterson. "Other people who hadn't used a polymer were having lots of problems with sticky beans. Since we've used Flo Rite 1127 Concentrate, we have absolutely no flowability problems with soybeans. Neither do our customers."

Last year was the first year that Peterson used a plantability polymer, but he's sold on its benefits and asserts so that he'll use it in the future. "The results speak for themselves," he says.

Joe Lane of Frankfort, Ohio, applies Flo Rite 1127 Concentrate to all the soybean seed he sells as an added benefit to his customers. "Treated soybean seed can cake up and cause a bridging problem in the truck, especially in high humidity. Flo Rite 1127 Concentrate seemed to eliminate the bridging and our customers are very happy with the results."

Once applied to the seed, a plantability polymer will also help soybean growers maximize the yield potential of their high-value genetics by increasing seed drop accuracy, reducing planter skips and improving the uniformity of seed placement.

Flo Rite 1127 Concentrate is one product in the unique family of seed enhancement polymers and colorants Becker Underwood manufactures to improve seed plantability, flowablity, appearance and reduce dust-off of actives. For more information about Flo Rite 1127 Concentrate and other Becker Underwood plantability polymers, go to www.beckerunderwood.com/en/pages/plantability.