Following Best Management Practices for Treated Seed

This spring, the Growing Matters coalition, together with the American Seed Trade Association and the National Pesticide Safety Education Center, is reminding farmers to be sure to follow best-management practices when planting treated seed.

Tom Smith, Executive Director of the National Pesticide Safety Education Center, discusses the BeSure! campaign – and what farmers and applicators should consider this season…

“BeSure! is a campaign designed to strengthen the awareness of stewardship practices to protect bees and other wildlife during the handling, planting and disposal of treated seeds, and also from other applications of a group of pesticides called neonicotinoids throughout the growing season.”

He says there are steps farmers should take when it comes to seed treatment stewardship…

“Always read the label, and I always say read it once and then read it again. And then follow the label instructions, especially when using treated seed, that’s going to make sure that you are protecting pollinators and other wildlife. On that label it’s going to tell you specifically the amount of product to use and use an appropriate seed lubricant to minimize the dust when you are using treated seed. You also want to make sure that you clean planters out after you have applied treated seed in non-sensitive areas, so you don’t want to do it near water, you don’t want to do it near flowering plants, and you want to make sure that you clean and cover up any seed spilled, you typically cover them with soil. And again, following that label, that label is the law and it’s going to give all the instructions that you need for any product that you are using.”

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