ASTA Promotes Safe Handling and Storage of Treated Seed during Harvest

Dan Industry News Release, Seeds

As harvest begins across the country, the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) reminds farmers about the importance of taking precautions to ensure treated seed does not enter the grain supply.

asta“Seed treatments provide farmers with an economical means of protecting seeds and seedlings against early-season insect pests and diseases—resulting in stronger and more uniform stands, healthier plants and higher crop yields,” said ASTA President & CEO Andrew LaVigne. “Farmers and applicators know the importance of proper management to minimize the risk of pesticide exposure to humans and the environment. This includes removing all treated seed left in containers and equipment used to handle harvested grain, and disposing of it properly.”

ASTA and other stakeholder groups have developed a set of recommendations to assist those involved in the process of treating, handling, transporting, or planting treated seeds. These recommendations can be found in a number of new and redesigned communication resources. A one-pager graphically displays the five steps for stewardship of treated seed, and outlines why and how seed treatments are used, including what the crop protection and seed industries are doing to ensure their safe use. The set of videos below explore topics including:

Improving Performance and Safety with Seed Treatments

ASTA members talk about the many benefits of seed treatments.

The Five Steps for Stewardship of Treated Seed

Learn about the “Five Basic Steps of Stewardship” for treated seed with ASTA’s VP of Government & Regulatory Affairs Jane DeMarchi.

How Seed Treatments Support Sustainability

Learn how ag innovations, including seed treatments, contribute to sustainability in our newest video– a partnership between ASTA, AEM, and NCGA

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More videos from the American Seed Trade Association are available for viewing here.