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Follow the Basic Steps for Stewardship of Treated Seed

Apr 06 2021

As planting season begins across the country, ARA reminds ag retailers to follow the basic steps for stewardship of treated seed:

  1. Follow label directions on seed containers;
  2. Eliminate weeds in the field prior to planting;
  3. Minimize dust by using advanced seed flow lubricants;
  4. “BeeAware” of honey bees and hives located near the field;
  5. Ensure that any spilled seeds are removed or covered by soil to protect wildlife and the environment; and
  6. Remove all treated seed left in containers and equipment.

Seed treatments help protect the developing seed during its most vulnerable time – at planting and germination. Their highly targeted, precise application means less impact on the surrounding environment. This is one of the many valuable and innovative tools that enable America’s farmers to be more productive, while using resources more efficiently and protecting their seed investment. It’s important to always follow label directions on seed containers for proper handling, storage, planting and disposal to minimize risk to applicators, wildlife and the environment.

For more information, visit Join in the conversation online using #Plant21. The Guide to Seed Treatment Stewardship is a partnership between the American Seed Trade Association and CropLife America, with support from: Agricultural Retailers Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Cotton Council, National Association of Wheat Growers; and National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.