While it may be hard to believe, planting season will eventually arrive for Minnesota farmers. In advance of hitting the field, farmers are reminded of the importance of good seed stewardship.
The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) has released the Guide to Seed Treatment Stewardship, a four-part guide covering the safe handling and transport of seeds, as well as the storage, planting and disposal of treated seeds. Here is a brief overview on steps for stewardship of treated seed:
- Follow directions on treated seed container labeling for handling, storage, planting and disposal practices.
- Eliminate flowering plants and weeds in and around the field prior to planting.
- Minimize dust by using advanced seed flow lubricants
- At planting, be aware of honey bees and hives located near the field, and communicate with beekeepers when possible.
- Ensure that any spilled seeds are removed or covered by soil to protect wildlife and the environment
- Completely remove all treated seed left in containers and equipment used to handle harvested grain, and dispose of it properly. Keep all treated seed out of the commodity grain channels.
Access the full guide here: www.seed-treatment-guide.com. Farmers will also find links to other resources for seed stewardship.
ASTA works to advance the development, marketing and movement of seed, associated products and services throughout the world. The National Corn Growers Association is one of 700 members of ASTA.