There’s no question that today’s seed treatments are enabling America’s farmers to realize greater yields, healthier crops and higher revenues than ever. At the same time, seed treatment technology is reducing potential risks to the environment. But like farming itself, there’s a science to using treated seed successfully and in a way that maintains the delicate balance of nature.
“The Guide to Seed Treatment Stewardship” is the product of industry-wide collaboration between seed companies, seed treatment providers and universities – and it draws from data collected worldwide. Jointly produced by the American Seed Trade Association and CropLife America, its purpose is to provide farmers and seed companies with critical information and up-to-date guidelines for managing treated seeds effectively to minimize the risk of exposure to non-target organisms.
The Guide has been enthusiastically endorsed by the National Corn Growers Association, the American Farm Bureau Federation and the American Soybean Association, and has been shared with the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture — both of whom have applauded the industry’s initiative in this effort.
As seed treatment technology advances, more resources are developed and the needs of the seed and crop production value chain evolve, the Guide will be updated to ensure the latest in seed treatment management information for seed companies and growers.