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Active ingredients in products are what dominate much of the discussion in the world of crop protection, and for good reason. These are the molecules that effectively control target pests and diseases but they are never applied to crops independently. Farmers and growers are able to achieve maximum yield because scientists deliver active ingredients within carefully designed formulations. These formulations are either used as seed treatment products on seeds prior to planting or as foliar applied products on plants.

Seed treatment technologies has become increasingly complex in recent years. As certain insects, weeds and pathogens have adapted to molecules once used to control them, delivering additional modes of action in combining different seed treatment products or a single product – via multiple active ingredients – has become imperative. For example in some seed treatments, up to seven active ingredients can be applied. From case to case in addition to seed treatment products other products like herbicide safeners, nematicides, plant grow regulators, micronutrients, and polymers for seed coatings can be applied in seed treatments. Apart of the technical challenges in seed treatment recipe development, the challenges in regulatory are getting more and more a complex as different seed treatment products from different suppliers are registered at different application rates in different countries on different crops. In addition to that, our customers are asking increasingly “customized seed treatment offers”. Our company excels at overcoming these challenges.

Seed treatment polymers are playing increasing an important role. Polymers for seed treatment serve a number of functions in seed treatment as providing the customers visual appearance, reduce dust-off from treated seed so there is less residue in seed bags and from planters, improving the seed coverage on the seed surface, aid in the application of biological seed protectants to the seed, improve the cosmetic appearance of seed, establish a barrier between seed treatment chemicals and the seed to improve the safety of the seed treatment, reduce friction and abrasion of seeds during storage and planting, and improve planter drop of seeds while sowing. In some cases the right selection of seed treatment polymer in a specific seed treatment recipe in the combination with the appropriate process and equipment is a fundamental tool for a good performing seed treatment recipe.

The recipe development work doesn’t end after the introduction into commercial scale. We continuously look for ways to improve existing seed treatment recipes, as is evident in our growing product pipeline. While the development of a new seed treatment is nothing short of a scientific triumph, the premise of the Seedcare Institute team’s work remains simple. Our goal has always been to develop products and new solutions that meet customer needs.

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