Seed Treatment Stewardship: Three things to Remember
As you’re in the field this planting season, it’s important to be aware of what to do in the event of spilled treated seed. Spilled treated seed can threaten the health of birds and other wildlife if not taken care of properly. Among the birds that may eat treated seed are Canada geese, American crows, mourning doves, sparrows, blackbirds, wild turkeys, ring-necked pheasants, blue jays and brown thrashers.
ASTA recommends the following 3 stewardship steps for managing seed spills:
- Follow label directions
- Follow the label directions for correct methods of handling, storing, planting and disposing of treated seed.
- Know where and when spills are likely to occur
- Be aware that seed spills are most likely to occur when loading treated seed into planting equipment, entering the field and at turn rows.
- Clean or cover up seed spills immediately
- If a treated seed spill does occur, cover the seeds with soil immediately.
Also, remember to remove all treated seed that is left in any equipment that will be used for handling harvested grain in order to prevent infiltration commodity grain channels. Following these best practices will ensure you’re being a good steward of your treated seed.
For more information, check out seed-treatment-guide.com.
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