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Spring, 2005

You can tell it's spring by the alternating pictures of snowstorms and early seeders with their drills buried.

Seed labs have been busy trying to sort out what "seed" is worth seeding. The wet fall weather damaged all crops, especially pulses. Pea and lentil quality is shaky, so be sure you get a current germination test before taking seed home.

This is a year it will pay big dividends (no pun intended) to treat your seed properly. Highly infected seed is already stressed, so won't be able to produce a high vigor plant unless disease attacks on it are prevented by treatment.

Don't start your crop with a weak, diseased seed; it will have a quick finish.

Diseases and other pests

Seed Quality very low.

Fusarium Graminearum continues to destroy crop value. The 2004 wet summer sent spore production through the roof, putting high disease pressure onto the '05 seed and crop.

Seed is carrying heavy spore loads, so seed treating to kill these parasites will greatly improve your seeds ability to produce viable plants. Seed borne Fusarium Graminearum can kill a seed before it even breaks ground, resulting in thin, weak stands.

Winter seed Lab tests show a 3 fold increase over 2004 in Fusarium Graminearum on prairie seed samples, while Alberta tests are up 6 times the 2004 numbers. This isn't a good trend, and should be of concern to the entire grain community.

Fusarium Graminearum quality costs may be felt more quickly, if a new DNA test comes to market. Bio vision is developing a quick test that could allow gangway testing of grain. If a load is highly infected, the buyer could immediately discount or refuse the grain, rather than contaminating storage as occurs now.

Grain buyers seem to finally get it. - Fusarium Graminearum will bite them too, so it is in their best interests to limit the spread, either though contaminated seed, or mixing grain.

AgricoreUnited has introduced a new initiative of providing high quality seed treating onto their contract seed. This insures the grower that the seed can't carry a new pest into his field, or contaminate the crop. Cargill and AgPro are also starting to look at sending out contract seed pre-treated, to produce higher yields and prevent crop infection.

Germination of lab seed samples shows the extent of the problem. The following chart shows the drop in western Canada germination compared to 2004 .

Crop Type20042005
Green peas9078
Lentils 9790
Yellow Peas90 84
(data from Germination Magazine - March '05)

When seed is this stressed, treatment will help the seed retain enough vigor to produce a viable plant. Unprotected seed will have high mortality rates and thin stands.

New products

G3 with Dripless chemical
connector set.

Disconnecting applicators for moving or hooking up new supply units has always made a mess.

We've finally found a dripless connector, that doesn't cause a big pressure drop which would lower the accuracy of our calibration charts. These units allow separation of G3 applicators and supply systems for moving or storage with no spills.

If you move your treater, these connectors will make your life easier, and your site cleaner. Our office has a limited supplied this spring, so inquire early.

New pest control practices

  • Seed Based Pest Control

    A growing trend in cropping worldwide is the transfer of pest control from post seeding operations to seed applied products. The change will benefit all involved.

    • Producers get lower product costs; better stand health, and a reduction in the number of field operations. A free delivery method and relief from the hassles of trying to hit the narrow application-timing window of growth stage and weather doesn't hurt either.
    • Suppliers get relief from the concerns of soil and air pesticide loading, and an environmentally friendly pest control process.
    • Production Environment Systems benefit from reduced pesticide loading, and a focused benefit targeted on the crop. Weeds don't get protected so they become the host for pests.

    For some products and crops, the new wave of products offers plant protection up to the heading stage. This will greatly reduce the need for post seeding field operations. It will also increase crop yields by protecting the crop from the time it's planted; instead of after it's already suffered pest damage in the field.

    Our new G3 Double Shoot applicators are designed to offer full access to these new seed carried products, with their options of tank mixing or co-application of multiple products.

  • "Just in time" seed treating

    Increasing variety numbers and abnormal weather are increasing the risks of winter seed pretreating. You don't know what will actually get seeded, and overtreated or obsolete seed is becoming a serious disposal issue.

    This issue will only get more serious, as new long duration insecticides enter the market. Disposal of seed treated with these products could be a serious environmental issue. The obvious answer is - don't pretreat seed until you're sure it will be planted.

    That's been difficult until now, with slow treating methods and the delay it caused to seed outloading.

    Now with G3 applicators able to provide up to 1500 bu./ hr. treating speed (or 6000 bu./hr. with multiple units), there's no need to assume the risks of pretreating. Seed retailers or producers can utilize their "just in time" treating capability to keep all their options open if cropping plans change.

New Application Products and Systems

We added several new products and systems last year, to make seed treating easier and more accurate.

  • P1AS Producer treating systems

    Provide an economical ready to use, auger mount kit designed to treat seed when outloading. they bring the benefits of more accurate treating to smaller producers who were losing most treating value due to poor application quality. Previous systems were either too costly, or had no means of accurate rate application. That usually resulted in "treating by color" with greatly increased chemical volume used, but little field benefit.

    The P1A system includes all 4 components needed for controlled treatment application.

    1. A 30-liter chemical storage tank designed for auger mounting.
    2. An adjustable pressure control system with calibrated charts for setting accurate application rates.
    3. An A4 auger mount chemical applicator unit for controlled droplet delivery onto the seed
    4. A Seed Flow control kit that provides stable, controlled seed flow to the applicator.

  • A4S upgrade with seed control system

    The seed flow control kit developed for the P1AS is now part of an upgraded A4 auger applicator unit, called the A4S. This kit allows producers who are auger treating to set a steady seed flow that's an essential part of accurate seed treating. The A4S applicator kit is supplied as standard with the P1AS, P219/AS and the A4S air keg upgrade kits. It's also available as an upgrade kit for current A4 users.

  • Air Keg Applicator Upgrade Kits

    Agsco and GAP air applicators are convenient for chemical transfer, but lack accurate means of applying the product onto the seed. In response to keg owner's requests, we make applicator upgrade kits that utilize our G3 or A4S applicators, along with pressure regulation systems to supply accurate, regulated product flows.

    This allows keg owners to retain their supply units, but gain much improved application accuracy on the seed.

  • Tank or barrel slurry mixers

    Drill mount Slurry mixers are available for both hopper tanks and shipping barrels with 2" openings.

    We've noticed that the new water-base products all settle somewhat in storage, so it's necessary to agitate them daily before use. Our 2 drill mount mixers provide gentle stirring of product without damaging the barrel, or excessive shear stress on the product, which accelerates settling out. After an initial stir, our tank sparge tube recirculators keep most products suspended easily.

    For higher volume applicators, we strongly recommend transferring product from shipping drums to hopper tanks as a treater source. The tanks allow visibility of remaining product so you don't run out 1/2 way through a treating run. The sparge tube recirculators along with the tapered cone bottom keeps the product uniformly mixed, an essential for uniform treating.

Our Primary Focus
Make seed treating accurate, simple and safe, while
Maximizing the seed treatment benefit to the crop.

Our Systems Benefits

  • Improved treatment uniformity on the seed.
    Good products poorly applied lose almost all benefit. G3 applicators deliver maximum coverage uniformity.
    You get all the benefit from your seed treatment by treating all the seed.
  • Precise calibration tables supplied for all seed treatments.
    Apply exactly what's needed, not a color-coded guess. Benefit from lower treating chemical cost with maximum crop protection.
  • No operator exposure to chemical.
    Our closed delivery systems eliminate spray drift and operator exposure.
    Treatment is either in the container, or on the seed.
  • High Speed G3 Application for Just In Time treating
    Up to 1500 bu. per hour per unit.
  • Total Automatic Cleanout
    Prevents seed admixes, or treated product into untreated seed.
  • High System Reliability
    Hi Flo filters protect the system from contaminants.
    Pumps tolerate dry running and small particles.
  • Various System Models are available.
    Treating systems are available to fit your needs, from smaller producer to high volume custom applicator.
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