Treating and Coating Seeds: Making Good Even Better
Analysts say that revenue generated by the seed coating materials industry is expected to grow to more than 1.7 billion US dollars by 2022. Compared to 2016, that will be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.5 percent. The experts have determined a couple of causes for this: they say that the market is driven by fresh requirements, like the adoption of new seed technologies (hybrid and genetically modified), as well as modern farming technologies in developing countries.
Protecting increased seed value
Let’s look at these reasons: our clients, the seed treaters, tell us that farmers are also increasingly using modern seed varieties. Hybrid seeds, for instance, are more valuable than the traditional kinds, which means that if some of these seeds don’t live up to their potential, the farmers’ losses are more substantial. Thanks to our seed treatment products, we can safeguard the farmers’ investment by combating pests, diseases, nematodes, etc. In this way, seed treatment contributes to higher yields, and that helps with feeding an ever-growing world population.
Global Head SeedGrowth at Bayer Division Crop Science
In addition to keeping the seeds safe by treating them, we can give them a valuable add-on boost. Seed coating products that can be integrated into any treatment process contain value-adding components like micronutrients to ensure the best conditions for seeds to grow into healthy plants – even during the critical first stages of growth. In the future, we want to add biological components to our seed coating products as well. This will provide further crop enhancement in the field and the plants will cope better with weather extremes such as drought or cold – important features because the consequences of climate change will affect farms more and more.
Driving the development of new products
Adding these elements to seed coating products is a relatively new development. Products like these are a new generation of functional seed coatings. With our range of PeridiamTM solutions, we are at the forefront of this progress. They are available in three major lines: Quality, Extra, and Active. Each of these has a unique set of benefits. For example, the Quality line delivers top-notch plantability, whereas coatings from the Extra line are designed for seeds with exceptional constraints, like the treatment of frozen seed material. And the Active line comes with additional features to create more resistant young plants.
Making sowing safer and more reliable
The second reason for market growth cited by the study is the use of modern farming technologies in developing countries. This means, for example, that farmers are sowing bigger fields with increasing speed. Reliable plantability and flowability are key requirements here. We have to keep in mind that a field is not a tennis court – the surface is not flat. If the treated seeds don’t flow seamlessly through the sowing machine, some seeds can easily end up missing or two can be planted in one space. A coating-enhanced surface helps prevent the seeds from sticking or caking.
Additionally, by coating the seeds with the right amount of binder, we ensure that active ingredients stay on the seeds and we also reduce dust emission. That makes for better product quality, while also increasing operator and environmental safety. It was for this reason that Bayer initiated the Zero Dust project, which focuses on developing innovations like BaySTEP®, for example. We also use the internationally established Heubach test to check our products. It detects even the finest particles, which are most sensitive to drift. But with our seed coating products, we can make sure that there is zero active ingredient dust emission when using the seeds. This helps to user safety as well as reliable quality of the treated – and coated – seeds.
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