Reminder to Farmers for Planting Season
Some planting is already underway in South Dakota. Meanwhile all farmers are getting ready to put the seed in the ground.
As planting season begins across the country, the National Corn Growers Association joins the American Seed Trade Association in reminding farmers to follow five basic steps for stewardship of treated seed:
- Follow Directions: Follow directions on treated seed container labels for handling, storage, planting and disposal practices.
- Eliminate Flowering Weeds: Eliminate flowering plants and weeds in and around the field prior to planting.
- Minimize Dust: Use advanced seed flow lubricants that minimize dust.
- BeeAware: At planting, be aware of honey bees and hives located near the field, and communicate with beekeeper when possible.
- Clean and Remove: Completely clean and remove all treated seed left in containers and equipment used to handle harvested grain and dispose of it properly. Keep all treated seed out of the commodity grain channels.
"Seed treatment technologies are an effective agronomic tool that provide seeds with the necessary protection for a strong, healthy start," said ASTA President & CEO Andrew W. LaVigne. "It's important to always follow proper handling procedures to ensure seed treatment solutions result in success for everyone involved and minimize the risk of exposure to non-targeted organisms."
See the seed treatment guide for more information.