It’s official; this spring is nowhere near the spring of 2012. With many parts of the territory still sitting in snow and cold, it’s time to start planning for a cool, wet planting season. When we hear the term “cool, wet planting season”, the first thing to pop into our head should be seed treatments.

The amount of time between planting and emergence can be the most vulnerable stage of the plant’s development.  Once planted, the seed becomes open to injury from insects, pests, bacteria, and fungi.  Soybeans germinate at approx. 54° F, while corn germinates at approx. 50° F. How often do we see those soil temperatures when we’re laying seed in the ground? When planting into temperatures below germination temps, the seed will lie dormant- for possibly a long time- and become susceptible to insects, pests, and disease.

Seed treatments are designed to boost plant emergence, help combat against seed and soil-borne fungal pathogens, and combat against insects and other pests. Seed treatments can also improve plantability and, when used with the right crop protection, can lead to a more consistent/uniform crop.

With the cost of seed getting higher, it pays to use a seed treatment. We need every seed to germinate, so why not give it the best opportunity too? Seed treatments have been proven consistently effective for years, so ask your local Wheat Grower’s agronomist for more information and yield data.  If you’re still on the fence about trying a seed treatment, try a side by side in the field. Chances are, you’ll see a difference.