Seed treatment is a key tool of integrated pest management: many diseases and pests affecting crops can only be controlled at this very early stage. The absence of control on seeds results in the development of the diseases so that no action can possibly limit their impact. This is especially the case for Take-all. Once it is present in the roots, nothing can be done to save the plant. Similarly, systemic diseases transmitted by the seeds, such as Bunt or Smut in cereals, can only be controlled at the seed stage.
The application of active product at a very early stage and specifically targeted on the seeds, is also a very good measure to limit the amount of product used through the growth of the crop by reducing the disease pressure very early, allowing the establishment of a healthy crop, and creating a better position to resist adverse conditions that may occur at later stages.
Certis has developed a portfolio of stewardship advice aiming at safe and efficient use of our products as seed treatments. This starts from the training of applicators to promote a solid understanding of good practices from the standpoint of environmental and operator safety and optimal application on the seed. We also offer our customers the possibility to check regularly the amount of product applied on the seed by “seed loading analysis” conducted in independent laboratories. This is an important measure to ensure that the use rate is respected, both to ensure the efficacy of our solutions, and to avoid overload of the active ingredient.
Finally, Certis’ formulation laboratory is capable of carrying out small scale industrial tests in order to help our clients to optimise their industrial seed treatment application process.
ESA European Seed Association is the voice of the European seed industry, representing the interests of those active in research, breeding, production and marketing of seeds of agricultural, horticultural and ornamental plant species.
Today, ESA has more than 35 national member associations, from EU Members States and beyond, representing several thousand seed businesses, as well as more than 70 direct company members, including from seed related industries.
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