Optimizing production begins with elite genetics and protecting plants from different kinds of diseases and pests. This is sometimes accomplished by breeding varieties that are resistant to diseases, thereby protecting the crop through its growth cycle. However, often resistant varieties are not available or the level of resistance is not sufficient under high disease and pest pressure. The grower then may decide to use crop protection methods i.e., applying plant protection compounds (chemicals or biological material). These compounds can be used in the field, either as an application to the soil or sprayed directly on the plant. Such crop protection methods may require the use of significant quantities of active substances. Alternately, the grower may choose to use seed applied plant protection products which are most commonly applied by the seed supplier.
Seed applied products are a highly efficient method of placing the crop protection product at the optimal site for performance and substantially more efficient than broadcast crop protection methods. It is important to apply products in an efficient system following the manufacturer guidelines and utilize good stewardship practices in all aspects of the product use cycle.
To support the seed applied plant protection products, ISF established the Seed Applied Technology Committee (or SAT Com). Membership consists of representatives from international seed companies, international crop protection companies, and seed technology and application companies.
The SAT Com works actively on matters dealing with responsible, efficient and effective use of products. The committee has conducted seminars and from time to time publishes guidelines for practices relating to application and management of treated seed. The most recent guidelines may be found on the link below.
See also Publications on Seed Treatment.