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Treated Seed Stewards Follow Best Practices

April 6, 2022
treated seeds in the palm of someone's gloved 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.

Using neonicotinoid insecticides by way of seed treatment is an effective method to manage destructive pests found in agricultural and even urban landscapes. Neonicotinoids have the ability to protect plants and significantly improve crop yield potential. However, like with many insecticides, growers need to avoid potential harmful exposure to bees and other wildlife when using neonicotinoids. That’s why it’s immensely important to follow safe practices associated with neonicotinoid-treated seeds so we can BeSure! to keep our pollinating pals happy and healthy.

Let this year’s nationwide BeSure! stewardship-awareness campaign remind you to always read and follow the label for directions on proper storage, use and disposal details, as well as information on safety, drift and pollinator protection. BeSure! to consult these labels at every stage throughout the 2022 growing season.

Maintaining stewardship practices ensures that pollinator health is a top priority. To BeSure! that you’re doing your part to keep our ecosystem balanced:

  • Be aware that there is potential for spillage at the loading site, field point of entry and turn rows.
    • If you do happen to spill seeds in these areas, immediately cover the seed with soil. This will prevent birds and other wildlife from eating them.
  • Remember to responsibly dispose of any extra treated seed left over this season.
    • For small quantities of excess treated seed that wasn’t planted, you should return it to its original seed lot containers.
    • With large quantities of leftover seed that isn’t intended for storage and future planting, you can consult with state and local authorities to ensure disposal that meets local regulations.
  • Consider eliminating flowering plants and weeds in close proximity to your fields.
  • Observe wind speed and direction to manage possible dust drift.

BeSure! to read more from the Growing Matters coalition about seed treatment stewardship by visiting www.growingmatters.org/besure.

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