We can help with a range of issues from accurate seed placement at planting, to seedling and plant diseases, to dealing with heat-sensitive crop species.

We are dedicated to helping growers achieve maximum plant establishment through strong uniform seed germination.

EXTREME TEMPERATURES

Seed germination can be affected by extreme temperatures. For example, desert production areas, late spring and summer production, black “heat-absorbing” organic soils, and early spring and late fall conditions.

Why It’s Important

Uniform emergence of germinating seedlings and resulting stand establishment can be negatively affected by temperature extremes hot and cold; high heat conditions during germination can significantly increase the potential for heat induced seed dormancy

Options

Priming is a tool that can increase seedling vigor in cold weather germination conditions and reduce the potential for heat induced seed dormancy in sensitive crop varieties. Products include Prep-Coat®, Pre-Prep®, Prep-Coat® AirMaxx, PULSE® Prep-Coat®, or PULSE® Pre-Prep®.

THERMODORMANCY

Thermodormancy is caused by high temperatures during germination, and is common in lettuce seeds. For example, desert production areas, late spring and summer production, and black “heat-absorbing” organic soils.

Why It’s Important

Lettuce is commonly sensitive to thermodormancy.

Options

Priming can raise the upper germination limits enabling more uniform stands, increase germination success in high temperatures. Products include Prep-Coat®, Pre-Prep®, Prep-Coat® AirMaxx, PULSE® Prep-Coat®, or PULSE® Pre-Prep®.

UN-UNIFORM EMERGENCE

Seeds don’t germinate at the same time. For example, seedlings are different sizes upon emergence, emerging cotyledons are different sizes, and there are larger and smaller emerging plants in the same planting.

Why It’s Important

Uniform emergence can increase yield and increase first pick harvest yield potential.

Options

Pelleting seeds results in more uniform spacing, plus consistent and accurate seed depth at planting time. Priming can increase seedling emergence uniformity. Seed treatments and seed-applied plant protectants can increase uniformity. Products include Gro-Coat®, Prep-Coat®, Pre-Prep®, Air-Maxx, and/or FarMore® Plant Protectants.

PRECISION PLANTER PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH COATED SEED

Pneumatic Planters
Planting problems are most often caused by a disconnect regarding planter type/model and setup, with use of the appropriate seed technology product. Issues associated with multiple seed adhesion per single seed plate hole and seed coat cracking and chipping can often be remedied by using correct seed plate hole size and adjusted vacuum pressure.
Seed hopper agitators and seed singulators can cause chipping and cracking of coating material on the seed. It is generally advised not to use seed box agitators for coated seed. It is also generally advised not to engage planter box seed singulators.

Why It’s Important

Seed placement: accurate placement of seeds reduces seed cost; doubles and multiple seed placement can increase thinning cost, reduce yield, and reduce profit.

Options

Pelleting, or encrusting can improve mechanical planter problems. Products include Gro-Coat®, Prep-Coat®, Gro-Coat® Air-MaxxPrep-Coat® Air Maxx, PULSE® Gro-Coat®, and PULSE® Prep-Coat®.

DISEASE PATHOGENS

Disease pathogens can destroy seed, seedlings and mature plants. For example, Xanthomonas campestris p.v. campestris (Xcc brassica black rot), Xanthomoas campestris p.v. zinniae, Pythium, Fusarium, Rhizoctonia, Helminthosporium, Fusarium, Aspergillus, and Penicillium.

Why It’s Important

Disease can have severe financial implications for growers.

Options

Seed treatments, seed-applied plant protectants, use of pathogen free seed, post emergence applications of appropriate chemical control. Products include FarMore® Plant Protectants, Pre-Prep® Brassica, or Pre-Prep® Zinnia.

INSECT DAMAGE

Seed and seedling damage from insects. Such as aphid, flea beetle, whitefly, leafminer, cucumber beetle, wireworms, or seedcorn maggot.

Why It’s Important

Vector plant diseases, infects plants with diseases, damages or destroys seeds and seedlings, lower plant population, lower yield, and lower profit.

Options

Seed-applied plant protectants, seed treatments, pre-emergence field applied chemical control and post-emergence field applied chemical control. Use organic seed-applied protectants, or conventional seed-applied protectants.