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The Right Seed Treatment Matters

August 7, 2018

Treated cereals seeds.

It is important to know what’s on your cereals seed and why it matters. Seed treatments may start out looking the same on the outside, so it can be easy to assume the benefits are the same, too. But on the inside, they are a complex mix of insecticides, fungicides and polymers. While each component plays a critical role in protecting your seed, they’re only as good as the formulation they’re applied in, and not all formulations are equal.

We recommend Syngenta Cereals Seed Treatment insecticide/fungicide because it safeguards wheat and barley seeds, young seedlings and roots from a broad range of seedborne and soilborne diseases, as well as insects, with active ingredients that have been tested together for consistency, reliability and performance.

When comparing Syngenta Cereals Seed Treatment to competitor and generic brands, it comes down to performance, and the differences are clear.

Three Reasons Why What’s On Your Seed Matters

1.) Generic dust-off means you’re not getting all the protection you’re paying for.

This chart compares dust levels of Syngenta Cereals Seed Treatment and generics.

Syngenta Cereals Seed Treatment is formulated to resist dusting off and stay on the seed to better protect emerging wheat and barley seedlings and roots from seedborne and soilborne diseases and insects.

This image shows dust off from generic seeds.



Aside from the safety risks of overexposure, this 2017 image from Rockford, WA, exemplifies what you stand to lose from a generic seed treatment that dusts off at planting, leaving your investment on the ground instead of underground on your seeds.

2.) Generic mixing issues mean your seed treatment may stick to the treater instead of your seed.


This agronomic image shows freshly prepared slurries of Syngenta Cereals Seed Treatment and a generic seed treatment.

Generic formulations break down when diluted, which could result in loss of active ingredients and build-up in the treater. Syngenta Cereals Seed Treatment has enhanced water compatibility, allowing for improved coverage and a more uniform coating.

3.) Generic formulation instability can cause unreliable field performance.

A dust-off test between Syngenta Cereals Seed Treatment and generics

Generic treatments may have partial, uneven active ingredient coverage, leaving your seeds exposed and not fully protected from insects and diseases. Syngenta Cereals Seed Treatment is formulated to ensure complete and uniform doses of active ingredient distribution, boosting performance throughout the field.

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