Six Ways To Steward Treated Seed

Poor growing conditions in 2018 will affect 2019 crop ( Darrell Smith )

As you prepare for planting, make sure you’re following treated seed stewardship guidelines. The industry is constantly making improvements to seed treatments and good stewardship is critical to its longevity.

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) offers the following tips to improve your stewardship:

  1. Follow directions on seed container labeling
  2. Destroy weeds before planting
  3. Use seed flow lubricants to minimize dust
  4. Watch for honey bees and hives near fields
  5. Remove and cover spilled seed with soil to protect wildlife and the environment
  6. Remove treated seed left in containers and equipment

“Seed treatments provide farmers with an effective and economical way to protect their crops against damaging pests and diseases,” said Jane DeMarchi, ASTA vice president of government and regulatory affairs, in a recent press release. “Using treated seeds helps with more uniform stands, healthier plants and higher crop yields. It’s important to always remember to follow directions on seed container labeling for proper handling, storage, planting and disposal practices to minimize risk to applicators, wildlife and environment.”