We’re committed to helping commercial seed treaters, mobile seed treaters, and growers implement best practices for the safe handling and application of Syngenta seed care products.
That’s why we’ve launched Treat Right™, a new stewardship initiative to share seed treating best practices and our experience with the industry-led Agrichemical Warehousing Standards Association (AWSA) Accredited Seed Treatment Operation audit, brought to you by Syngenta Seedcare and The Canadian Seedcare Institute.
Help others Treat Right. Share a treating tip or an example of how you successfully implement a component of the audit.
Tips for adapter use with a Syngenta Seedcare tote
Recommended personal protective equipment (PPE) and proper maintenance.
Workplace Health and Safety posting best practices
Access bulletins from AWSA to better understand shipping requirements for seedcare.
Checklist to help guide your mobile seed treater signage needs.
Know the signs - and where to put them!
Tips that can be used to create and implement SOPs quickly and effectively.
A fillable form for you to use in documenting your standard operating procedures.
Eight steps to reduce operator exposure during treater cleanout
Get personal protective equipment (ppe) best practices here
A general chemical spill clean-up procedure and spill kit check-list
A quick reference guide to help you implement a chemical spill prevention program at your seed treating facility
Help others Treat Right by sharing seed treating tips and tricks. From equipment clean-out best practices to spill containment tips, we want to hear how you’re improving seed treatment at your site.
Always use seed treatment with respect. Wear the proper safety attire and equipment. Focus on the operation and keep safety first.
Keep Clean and Calibrate! Calibrating for different temperatures at different times of the day pays off! If you dont keep close tabs on treatment accuracy you can over treat and underbill and it can cost you boat loads of money and may cause problems with customer! Flow meters do a good job at adjusting rates but they are only as good as the info you put in.
To increase coverage on cereals add 1ml of water per kg on wheat and 2ml of water per kg on barley. If the grain is under 10 degrees Celsius cut the feed rate of seed and chemical in half in order to improve drying by increasing the residence time in the treater.
Don’t turn your back on a loaded treater!!!! I have a Rubbermaid container at the bin where I’m treating seed with chemical resistant gloves and disposable suit so it’s handy to slip on when I’m treating seed!
When treating on-farm, calibrate your service and calibrate your equipment every year. When starting the treating season use last year's calibrate as a starting point and treat a set amount and weigh the truck to ensure the correct rate. This is also a great way to calibrate the drill when starting to seed when you have set amount of seed.
Change the eye wash station water monthly just in case you need fresh water.Chemical resistant gloves, goggles and coveralls - take the time to put them on before doing anything else while the seed plant air compressor and PC boots up.
Keep treater clean at correct rate and steady speed.
Always re-calibrate as the outdoor temperatures change.
Every person who operates the seed treatment facility gets training from Syngenta before the season starts and constant updates from internal leaders. We encourage staff to stop and ask questions constantly to ensure everything is being done properly and have proper PPE at easy access. We encourage accuracy and a clean work environment which in turn promotes safety.
Start your seed treating process by choosing Syngenta Seedcare products, the rest will take care of itself as far as application and efficacy! Clean your treater as often as you can with warm water and replace fittings, valves and lines when necessary to ensure you do not encounter restrictions in flow during application.
Keep your PPE stored in a clean dry environment when not in use.
Always make sure that seed treatment is put back into warm storage for the night.
Setting up quick connect couplers and fittings on your treating system and drum/totes will not only help keep you from having to open chemical drum/totes every time one goes empty and dropping a hose in. It will also help with the cleanliness of the treating facility and the with the speed of switching to new drum/totes.
Adding water/dye can have a very positive impact on your treating coverage/appearance. Be aware of the outside temps/humidity and adjust your water/dye rates accordingly, as those 2 factors can impact your coverage/appearance.
Take a sample of every lot to be able to look back on and show your customer/ send away for analysis if need be.
Our company provided company coveralls to all employees treating seed so when staff were treating seed and cleaning seed treatment equipment they could wear coveralls to protect their clothing and bodies from seed treatment. This also allowed the coveralls to wash together on site without having employees take clothing home with seed treatment on them to wash.
Add water to maximum 1-1 ratio for better coverage on dry cereals.
Maintenance is key! When winterizing, spend the time to super clean lines, pumps, filters, atomizer and the housing! Build ups can cause big inefficiency problems and cost you money at a time where you don’t have any to spare! When it is apart for cleaning, inspect chains, bearings and seed metering system closely, now is the best time to replace worn or out of spec parts. If the treaters are out of your mechanical wheelhouse there are excellent maintenance companies out there that do a excellent job!
Always clean up your equipment, nozzles and filters as soon as you are done, makes for successful start up the next time you treat!
When treating through augers, make sure you place it in the bin so that the grain covers or hits the auger in the same position each time. This will give you a more stable flow rate of seed so you can treat at a similar rate each time.
Be awareDon’t turn your back on a loaded treater!!!!
Even distribution matters!Try to evenly distribute the fungicide as the grain goes through auger into the seeder.
Check the rateAlways be checking to make sure the right rate is going on the seed, filters or nozzles can be plugged and seed can go through with a light rate on. We like to use a wagon with a scale on it to keep track of how much seed has been treated and then how much seed treatment we’ve gone through.
Things to consider when making a seed treatment slurryMaking a slurry mix can be challenging, especially if you are dealing with products that are added in small amounts. Adding the product slowly to the slurry mix under proper agitation is a great way to make sure it is evenly distributed throughout the slurry. Looking at the slurry may also give you cues as to whether slurry components have mixed.
Keeping the slurry under constant agitation or recirculation helps to prevent settling of products in the slurry, and most importantly ensures that each seed gets the right amount when the slurry is applied. My recommendation is to use up the slurry as soon as possible, ideally within 72 hours.
Coverage matters!What you see visually can be an indication of the active ingredient loading. When examining poorly treated soybeans, it was determined by selecting samples that active ingredient loading can be inconsistent. In one case some samples only had 55% of desired loading and some samples had 157% of the desired loading. This large range of loading can leave some seeds vulnerable in the field. Every seed matters!
Saving clean up time with glovesI wear gloves all the time while seed treating. It helps keep my hands clean and saves me time after work: just take the gloves off, give my hands a quick wash and I’m done. Good chemical resistant gloves aren’t expensive either and can be ordered from just about any industrial supplier (Uline, Seton, Acklands Grainger). Getting nitrile is key for chemical resistance, with lots of style available. Regular nitrile runs about $0.50-$1.50 per glove, a bit more if you also want extra warmth or cut protection.
Treating cold seedHave you ever treated seeds in harsh environmental conditions? At the Seedcare Institute, it was determined with soybeans that seed temperature is a very important factor in obtaining good coverage. When treating seeds that are too cold, less than 5°C, coverage and drying time can suffer. Managing your schedule to treat when seed temperature is above 5°C or by reducing slurry volumes will help improve both coverage and drying time.