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BeSure! to Follow Treated Seed Best Practices

May 4, 2021
Treated seed in farmers hands

The Growing Matters coalition is reminding farmers to read and follow the product label, eliminate flowering plants, minimize dust-off and communicate with beekeepers to keep pollinators safe.

With the 2021 planting season under way, we encourage you to keep up to date with stewardship best management practices. This year’s nationwide BeSure! campaign is a reminder for growers to follow simple steps when using treated seed and neonic products to protect insects, pollinators and other wildlife throughout the season.

With every new treated seed purchase, BeSure! to read and follow the label. The label contains essential guidance on proper storage, use and disposal details, drift and pollinator protection, and safety information. Prior to planting neonic treated seeds, keep pollinators top-of-mind by adopting the following practices:

  • Eliminate flowering plants and weeds in and next to the field.
  • Communicate with local beekeepers.
  • Observe wind speed and direction so dust drift does not reach sensitive areas.
  • Use advanced seed flow lubricants aligning with the planter’s manufacturer recommendations.
  • Have a plan in place for potential spills and leftover treated seed.

BeSure! to follow stewardship practices even after seed is in the ground. While studies show that planting equipment is highly effective in placing seeds in the soil, there is still potential for spillage at the loading site, field point of entry and turn rows. If any seeds are spilled at or beyond these common areas, immediately cover the seed with soil to prevent birds from eating seeds left on the surface.

For small quantities of treated seed remaining after planting, return excess to its original seed lot containers if intended for storage and subsequent planting. With large quantities of leftover seed, BeSure! to consult with state and local authorities to ensure your disposal plans follow local regulations.

BeSure! to check out more best practices from the Growing Matters coalition. For additional information about seed treatment stewardship, please visit www.growingmatters.org/besure.

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