Treated seed can reduce the number of spray applications of insecticides,
help increase yield potential, and support a sustainable means of crop
Below are some recommended best management practices
in connection with the handling and planting of treated seeds to
minimize dust-off and reduce exposure and potential risks to people and the
- Consider environmental factors, such as wind speed and direction,
when opening seed containers, and during filling or emptying of the
- Follow planter manufacturer recommendations for use of seed flow
lubricants (such as talc or graphite), and avoid excessive use.
- Avoid shaking the bottom of the treated seed bag when filling planter.
This reduces release of dust that could have accumulated during
- The planter should be filled at least 10 yards inside the field to be
planted, avoiding proximity to apiaries, hedges, or flowering crops
- Be aware of the presence of honeybee hives, or crops or weeds in the
flowering stage within or adjacent to the field which could attract
- Direct planter exhaust downward towards the soil surface, if possible.
Use of downward deflectors may decrease off-site movement of dust.
- If spills occur, treated seed should be securely covered or collected as soon as possible to prevent exposure to humans, animals or the
- Return leftover treated seed to its original seed lot containers,
if treated seed is intended for storage and use at a later date.
For more information, refer to The Guide to Seed Treatment Stewardship,
produced by the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA)and Crop Life America (CLA).