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Be Sure to Clean up Seed Spills

May 10, 2019
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As planting continues in many regions, it’s important to cover up any spills of treated seed. You should also completely remove all leftover treated seeds or seeds left in containers and equipment and dispose of them properly.

When treated seed spills occur, growers should cover them up with soil immediately to ensure they don’t remain available for birds to consume. Because certain bird species may eat seeds left on the surface, it is vital to be sure that all spills are removed or buried to protect birds and wildlife habitats.

The greatest potential for seed spillage occurs at the loading site, at the point of entry to the field, and at the turn rows. Knowing where and when spills are most likely to occur can help farmers take preventative or corrective action.

For additional information about seed treatment stewardship, please visit www.growingmatters.org/besure.

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