Benefits of seed treatments
Seed is the starting point for all plant production. Throughout history, mankind has developed plant varieties that are ever more sophisticated, with higher potential for yield, resistance to pests and pathogens, and suitability for specific uses or areas of cultivation. Protecting the seed has always been crucial for plant breeders, seed producers, farmers and those involved in crop protection. Protecting the seed is the base for a healthier, better crop.
Treatment of seed with plant protection products assures seed and plant health by restricting pests and pathogens. This helps to secure crop quality, safety and yield. And it can all be achieved with only very limited amounts of chemicals! Seed treatments therefore offer great benefits: environmentally, in public health, and economically.
Seed treatment means applying only very little quantities of plant protection products directly to the seed itself, prior to the sowing. Seed treatments protect the seed during germination and protect the plant itself during growth. With much lower chemical intensity per hectare, it is more environmentally friendly than spraying crops in the field.
The actual treatment process is highly industrialized, conducted by specialist professionals and with safety and environmental issues carefully managed throughout. Facilities are designed to ensure safe operating conditions and special equipment protects workers from accidental exposure to the chemicals. By using treated seed, farmers no longer have to handle or mix the actual chemical substances. This practically eliminates any risks of unwanted exposure.
The technology also makes it possible to combine different applications into only one sowing procedure, helping to reduce the use of fuel, the risks of soil erosion and compression and thus assisting low-intensity farming practices and an integrated pest management policy.
Find HERE a presentation with the benefits of seed treatments.
ESA, in collaboration with ECPA (European Crop Protection Association), produced a video on seed treatment. Professional seed treaters are describing the scientific process they are following during seed treatment and farmers are talking about the benefits of treated seeds in the agricultural practice.