Modern seeds are coated in technology
(NC)—Innovation is a necessity for farmers who have to produce more food to feed the growing world population. In fact, farming is one of the most technologically advanced industries out there today. Take, for example, a corn seed. How much technology can go into a tiny seed? A lot, actually.
Today many farmers choose to plant seed that is coated with an insecticide to protect it from insects. Before modern day seed treatments came along, an entire field would have to be sprayed to protect a crop from hungry insects. With a seed treatment, much less product is used because it is applied directly – and only – to the seed.
“There are both economic and environmental benefits to treated seeds. They provide better protection for crops, and the seeds are planted directly in the ground, which means beneficial insects and vegetation in the surrounding area are protected,” says Pierre Petelle, vice-president of chemistry at CropLife Canada.
Petelle adds that not only is virtually all corn and canola seed in Canada protected from insect damage through seed treatment, but farmers also benefit from disease protection thanks to the presence of fungicide on an even broader assortment of seeds. Combined, these treatments allow farmers to plant their crops earlier in the year and get better yields.
“This technology is really about ensuring the pesticide is used in a targeted manner, so it's applied where it is most needed,” says Petelle. “Seed treatment technology delivers a product that is safer, more effective and more environmentally sustainable.”
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