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Four reasons to plant certified wheat seed

January 4, 2016

It’s not unusual for farmers to purchase certified seed (which has passed rigorous inspection and testing by government agencies) for planting, then save harvested seed for two or more years before buying fresh seed. The challenge with this method is that the further removed saved seed is from the original certified seed variety, the greater the risks of:

  • Varietal impurity
  • Poor seed germination
  • Diseased seed
  • Volunteer crops and weeds

The initial cost of saving seed is lower than certified seed, but doing so may actually end up leading to a need to purchase more seed and/or apply more crop protection products if the saved seed doesn’t perform as well as hoped.

Research has shown that certified seed varieties consistently outperform saved seed in yield, quality and test weight. By planting certified seed varieties such as AgriPro® brand wheat from Syngenta helps ensure:

  1. Genetic purity
  2. Smoother plantability
  3. Seedling vigor
  4. Improved germination and emergence

Contact your local Syngenta representative with any questions.

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