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Be Sure to Follow BMPs for Treated Seed

April 19, 2019
This agronomic image shows treated seed.

As the 2019 planting season kicks off in the Midwest, now is the time to follow best-management practices (BMPs) when planting treated seed. The Growing Matters coalition, together with the American Seed Trade Association and the National Pesticide Safety Education Center, recently launched its BeSure! campaign, reminding farmers and applicators to “be sure” to use treated seeds safely and responsibly. Listen for more information below:

Neonicotinoids and other crop protection products are important pest management tools that can be safely used around pollinators and other wildlife when properly stewarded and applied according to the label. Farmers today appreciate how seed treatments increase yields and boost revenues, but they are also committed to the importance of protecting bees and the surrounding environment. That’s why it’s important to:

  • Be sure to always read and follow the label when using treated seed.
  • Be sure to use the right amount of an appropriate seed lubricant to minimize dust.
  • Be sure to clean planters in non-sensitive areas – and clean or cover up any seed spills.

Following these steps will help protect bees and other wildlife during the handling, planting and disposal of seeds treated with neonicotinoids. For free tips and reminders, please visit www.growingmatters.org/besure.

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