A new guide to seed treatment stewardship has been developed by the American Seed Trade Association and CropLife America to promote the safe handling and management of treated seed by farmers and others, a service appreciated by the National Corn Growers Association.
"This guide will be an invaluable resource for our members," said NCGA President Pam Johnson and Iowa corn grower. "We're encouraging all corn growers to refer to it before, during and after the corn planting season."
Endorsed by NCGA, the American Farm Bureau Federation and the American Soybean Association, The Guide to Seed Treatment Stewardship provides farmers and seed companies with critical information and up-to-date guidelines for managing treated seed effectively to further minimize the risk of exposure to non-target organisms.
ASTA and CLA began aggregating seed treatment research and safety information from universities, seed companies, international seed associations and others in early 2012 in response to growing concern about the effect of seed treatment dust on pollinators.
The guide contains recommendations for planting of treated seed, safe use of seed treatment products, safe handling and transport of seed, selection of treatment products, labeling of treated seeds and storage of treated seed. It also includes a seed treatment glossary and an exhaustive list of resources.