Key Issues Perspective: Seed treatment's combination value
“The system prints a report after every batch is run. It tells the exact amount that was put on the seed. You can hand the farmer the sheet and say, ‘Here is exactly the amount put on your seed.’ He can feel comfortable that treatments are done right every time,” Blume explained.
The On Demand system can apply up to 12 products, but Blume consistently applies “recipes” that use Gaucho insecticide for control of bean leaf beetles and more; Allegiance fungicide for phytophthora control; Trilex fungicide for phytophthora and pythium control; a combination biologicals, colorant and polymer; and an inoculant.
As Reed noted, more than one fungicide is commonly used by hybrid seed corn companies and 99 percent of seed corn today receives an insecticide treatment, and the same is occurring with downstream soybean seed treating.
Seed corn companies recognize that seed treatment is good business so that their seed performs to its potential, and, therefore, soybean seed treatments make the same sense. Reed said, “Downstream seed treatment application can be as sophisticated as the commercial seed treating by hybrid seed corn companies but just at a smaller scale.”