Why Treat Seeds?

What is the value of a uniform harvest? The costs of priming and pelleting seeds is one of the lowest cost, highest benefit inputs a grower can make, allowing crops to emerge uniformly and develop into healthy robust plants. Time is money and our processes allow you to use your time more efficiently.

Higher yield

Using treated seeds can produce measurable yield advantages. Depending on the crop conditions and type of treatment, our products can help optimize yields by allowing the seeds to be more acurately placed, reducing the seed dormancy potential, and helping seeds germinate more easily in hostile conditions. This all adds up to optimized yields.

Often pays for itself

Growers commonly recover the cost of seed treatment with increased yield and reduced thinning costs. The total value of course is dependent on the crop and market value.

Improved crop quality

Treated seeds grow into high-quality plants for several reasons. Pelleted seeds can be planted at more consistent depths which helps plants emerge more evenly. Priming helps induce uniformity at emergence and aids in plant maturation, which means a more consistent harvest. Seed applied plant protectants help maximize harvest potential.

A safeguard against disease

Seeds can encounter disease stress in several ways. Soil-borne fungal disease organisms can cause seed rots, damping-off, seedling blights and root rot. Other pathogens, like smut, can affect the surface of seeds. Finally other pathogens including bacterial diseases can come from the inside of the seed itself. Isn’t it worth it to protect your seeds against the threat of a reduced harvest?

Pest protection with lower environmental impact

Chemical loading of pellets provides a means to treat seeds directly, instead of being delivered in-furrow, onto the plant, broadcast or sprayed, or applied in the soil, the total amount of “toxicants” applied per acre is considerably less. And that means fewer chemicals in the ground, the plants, and the environment

Seed treatments are a smart way to apply anit-pest products for a number of reasons. Benefits of seed treatments include:

  • Applying the product directly on the target, not the soil, air, or mature plant
  • Using a minimum amount of toxicant
  • Minimizing the exposure of wildlife and beneficial organisms
  • Reducing the environmental impact
  • Significantly reduce on and off farm transportation and handling of chemicals

Smooth machinery operation

We have developed different pellet weights and densities to fine-tune plantability and ease of handling. Conscientious growers adjust the weight of their pellets to match their tractor speeds. Faster tractors require heavier pellets  for more straighter accurate drops. More accurate drops produce less bouncing in the seed furrow, and that maintains field singulation and uniform plant spacing. Pellet categories are available of the same size dimensions that are of different densities as options for different planting conditions and scenarios.

Easier handling

The fact is, small seeds can be hard to handle. Seed treatments make life a little easier for busy growers in the following ways:

  • Better “flowability” in planters
  • Improved slippage between individual seeds
  • Different colored pellet availability makes it easy to identify different varieties within the same species