From FCC Express, by Trudy Kelly Forsythe
The Canadian Seed Trade Association and the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association have released an updated guide on dealing with treated seed. The two associations worked together in 2000 to develop the first set of guidelines then updated them in 2005.
The Guide to Treated Seed Stewardship: Best Practises for the Safe Handling, Storage, Transportation, Use, and Disposal of Treated Seed complements Agrichemical Warehousing Standards Association-accredited seed treatment operations standards developed by CropLife Canada to provide uniform health and safety practises for the storage and handling of seed treatment products in Canada.
Incorporating three parts – personal health and safety, environment and mitigating risk to the harvested crop – the guide expands on the previous storage and handling guidelines to encompass transportation, use and disposition. It includes best management practices for insecticide and fungicide-treated seed as well as seed enhanced with biologicals, inoculants, fertilizers or functional seed coatings such as polymers.
Quentin Martin, owner of Ontario’s Cribit Seeds and a member of CSGA, was part of the working group of seed industry professionals that revised the latest guide.
“The document helps remind people of some of the common sense on how to handle treated seed from the point where you get seed from the retailer to when you put it in the ground,” Martin says. “You want to ensure the equipment is not then compromised or compromising the grain when harvested.”
Providing a one-stop resource for those involved with the handling, storage, transportation and use of treated seed, the guide can also help those who work with treated seed create and implement their own stewardship plans, comply with provincial and territorial regulations and maintain operationally and environmentally sound operations.