If you’re an Internet user, as most of us now are, you’re familiar with the concept of a FAQ: that is, “a list of questions and answers relating to a particular subject, especially one giving basic information for users of a website,” according to Google.
As a Bayer SeedGrowth specialist, I have a little FAQ of my own — the Top 3 questions I get — and I wanted to share them here to hopefully help agronomists, producers, and retailers who might get the same questions posed to them. These questions refer to Bayer seed treatment products specifically and I would encourage you to reach out to your regional SeedGrowth specialist for a more in-depth conversation.
- Do I need to add water to a seed treatment? This is probably the most often-asked question I get. One reason stems from the difference in product by crop: there are different recommendations for the amount of water needing to be added if it’s in fact a concentrate you’re dealing with, to ensure you get the best coverage based on what crop you’re treating and what additional products you are adding in (I’m speaking mainly to pulses). If it’s a cereal crop and Raxil is being used, there is usually NO need to add water (except in rare cases where someone cannot get adequate coverage for a very specific reason).
- Can I treat in the fall/use leftover treated seed? The short answer is yes. Most actives applied to the seed are technically good for 12 months. Seed treated in the fall can be used the following spring. But there’s a big caveat on that: storage conditions must be right. Too much humidity or moisture in the bin and your seed may not be viable once spring arrives regardless of the treatment.
- The soil is warm — do I still need a seed treatment? There’s a big myth out there that only seed going into cold soil needs to be treated. This stems from an old belief that seed treatments helped plants to come out of the ground. This simply isn’t the case. Really, a seed treatment is protecting the seed from disease and in some cases insects. Even under warm and dry soil conditions, you’ll still see the benefit of a seed treatment. Pathogens thrive in all kinds of soil conditions including warm soils, and if you don’t have a treatment applied, you’re not protecting a crop against those pathogens.
If you have a question for me, don’t hesitate to reach out to me! I’m happy to talk seed treatments at any time with my readership.