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.
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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.
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.
Temperature of seed treatment chemicalsDuring the winter months or early spring when the outside temperatures are below freezing, it would help the mixing and pumping of the seed treatment chemicals if they could be kept in a heated tank or heated work space.
If the seed treatment chemicals can be kept at 10°C or above then they will mix into an uniform slurry and flow more easily through the pumps, but don't exceed 35°C to prevent damaging the chemicals or seeds being treated.
This also applies to cleaning of the equipment. With warm water, any deposits or build up will go into solution much more easily.
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.