Seed treatments

Seed treatments allow farmers to grow crops tailored to cope with disease, insects and weeds, thereby increasing productivity of their land. Seed treatments help manage diseases and insect pests from sowing until the crop is established, reducing the need for spraying.

Agcarm and the New Zealand Grain and Seed Trade Association (NZGSTA) have produced best practice guides promoting the safe handling and management of treated seed, for the benefit of safety to people, insects, animals and the environment.

Best practice guide for seed treaters

The Guide to Seed Treatment Stewardship helps seed treaters and seed companies to manage and handle treated seed according to regulations and best practice. It combines seed treatment research and safety information from universities, seed companies, international seed associations and others.

In addition to offering safety advice for people handling treated seed, the guide includes techniques for mitigating risks to pollinators, animals, and waterways, including measures to minimise dust and pesticide drift, and emphasises the importance of the correct use of planter technology.

Best practice guide for farmers

A seed treatment guide has been produced for farmers who have purchased treated seed and are looking for best practice information about planting, handling, and disposal of any surplus seed.

 

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