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Agriculture relies on the growth of seeds. They are the first stage in the lifecycle of a crop and if seeds fail to germinate, crops fail. Seeds face a lot of challenges from diseases to pests to environmental stresses. While seeds can overcome these on their own, the chances of success can be improved with seed enhancement. Seed treatment is one of the most effective ways to support the growth of seeds and reduce the challenges that they face.
Seed treatment refers to the application of biological, physical and chemical agents and techniques that can be applied to seeds to provide them protection. Seed treatment can also encourage healthy crops by improving their immunity and promoting uniform germination. While traditional crop protection methods that are applied on a broader level to the crops have their place, with seed treatment, the needs of every individual seed can be met. Seed treatment enhances the resistance of the seeds, making them stronger against pest attacks and stresses in their environment. Chemical or biological seed treatments can provide critical protection since the germination stage, protecting the emergence out of the soil and during the first stage of the crop cycle by preventing seeds against soil-borne pathogens, seed-borne insects, diseases, and pests.
There are many types of commercial seed treatments available today. Depending on the need of the specific crops, farmers can pick a single or a combination of multiple seed treatments with chemicals or biological agents. Here are the different types of seed treatment -
There are many advantages of seed treatment that are making them popular with farmers. Some of these advantages are as follows:
One of the foremost advantages of seed treatment is the additional protection that it provides to the seeds. During the early stages of growth, it is critical that seeds don't fall prey to diseases or pests or else they will fail to germinate. With untreated seeds, there is also a chance of plant diseases spreading which is something that can be prevented when they are treated to improve their immunity.
Seed treatment is not only beneficial for seeds but also for the soil. It can control soil insects and also add much-needed nutrients and valuable microorganisms that help the plants grow.
Germination of a seed depends on a variety of factors but the chances of germination can be improved with seed treatment. Since seed treatment is equally applied to all the seeds, it can also promote uniform germination of the crop. Seed Treatments formulations are special and safe for crops and were designed in order to avoid any potential damage such as delay in germination or irregular emergence, neither phytotoxic effect than unappropiated formulations for other uses in the field may cause.
Modern seed treatments and seed processing has come a long way in the past few decades. More and more farmers are using commercial seed treatments in agriculture across the world. For some, pre-treated seeds are also an option that can be directly used without the need to apply the treatment yourself. The importance of seed treatment and its many benefits cannot be overlooked as they give farmers more opportunities to reduce the risk of failure for their crops.
UPL is one of the leading providers of seed treatments in the world. Our chemical and biological seed treatments can provide growers with broad-spectrum protection against pests and diseases while improving the overall crop yield. We are also making developments in the field of seed health and have seed treatment service programs in several countries that bring these latest technologies directly to the growers.
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