Techniques: Encrusting

Encrusting

Encrusted seed is coated with a smaller amount of material than that of pelleted seed. The buildup of coating material is stopped before the treated seed attains roundness.

Often the seed type is recognizable when inspecting encrusted seed while with pelleted seed it is not.

Encrustment on seed is commonly used in situations when growers primarily intend to reduce doubles or multiples when planting rather than achieve exact and consistent seed spacing.

Encrustment is often used on crops that benefit from seed singulation but don't require post-emergence thinning.