Mexico Export Compliance: Seed Treatments for Phytosanitary Regulations

Exporting seeds to Mexico requires compliance with strict phytosanitary requirements set forth by SAGARPA, The Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mexico’s agriculture ministry. Meeting these requirements can pose challenges for seed export, especially transit delays that may jeopardize seed quality if left in poor storage conditions at customs facilities. Germains Seed Technology offers seed treatments for phytosanitary regulations that meet the needs of conventional and organic growers in Mexico while ensuring the seeds we treat for seed producers and dealers meet Mexico’s phytosanitary regulations.  

Seed Treatments for Phytosanitary Regulations

To address the issue of seed-borne diseases, which can cause significant transport delays and revenue loss for growers and seed producers, Germains offers a range of seed technology solutions that comply with export requirements and are suitable for regional growing conditions. SAGARPA, the Mexican Government regulatory agency, has approved these solutions, and we continue to collaborate with Mexican agencies and associations to ensure our products comply with Mexico’s regulations. The following is an overview of the treatments currently available: 

Conventional Seed Treatments for Phytosanitary Regulations   

Gopure® is a conventional seed disinfection treatment that uses a combination of processes and/or crop protection products that inhibit the growth of seed-borne pathogens, such as VerticilliumStemphyliumCladosporiumAlternaria, and Xanthomonas. Customizable to meet your field challenge, stack gopure with conventional fungicides for added protection from soil-borne pathogens such as PythiumRhizoctonia, and Fusarium.

Thiram is a fungicide and seed treatment chemical that, according to the label, helps control and prevent the spread of seed-borne diseases and fungal pathogens. By mandating the application of Thiram for seeds entering the county, Mexico aims to minimize the risk of introducing harmful diseases and pests into its agricultural ecosystems. 

Organic Seed Treatments for Phytosanitary Regulations

Germains also supports organic growers with our ProBio® organic treatments and processes. These products are certified organic by the Agricultural Services Certified Organic (ASCO), which helps protect crops from seed and soil-borne pathogens. Our portfolio of biological seed treatments includes the following: 

T-22, developed by BioWorks, Inc., is the preferred seed treatment that meets phytosanitary requirements for meeting requirements for export to Mexico. According to the manufacturer, T-22 contains a specialized hybrid strain of Trichoderma harzarium Rifai Strain a concentrated mixture of dried spores that helps protect crops from seed and soil-borne pathogens such as Pythium, Rhizoctonia, Fusarium, Cylindrocladium, and Thielaviopsis.  

Actinovate® is an organic biological fungicide manufactured by Natural Industries, Inc. According to the manufacturer’s label, Actinovate utilizes Streptomyces lydicus WYEC 108 strain of bacteria that helps protect seeds from Pythium, Rhizoctonia, Phytophthora, Fusarium, Sclerotinia, and other root-decay fungi. 

Mycostop®, manufactured by Verdera OY., is a concentrated mixture of dried spores and mycelium of the ray fungus Streptomyces griseoviridis Strain K61. According to the manufacturer’s label, Mycostop protects against soil pathogens such as Pythium, Fusarium, and Phomopsis and has also shown suppression of Botrytis grey mold and root rots caused by Phytophthora and Rhizoctonia

*Please check the manufacturer’s labels approved crops and temperature and temperature requirements before ordering.  

Our range of seed technologies aims to provide crop protection and comply with the necessary regulations to ensure seed producers can deliver seeds from the United States to Mexico with minimal delay. Our bilingual Sales and Customer Service staff are available to assist with processing orders and, for an additional fee, can provide Phyto documentation support. Contact us today for assistance with your next export of seeds to Mexico! 

Gopure ® and ProBio ® are registered trademarks of Food Investments Ltd. Mycostop® is a registered trademark of Danstar Ferment Ag. Actinovate® is a registered trademark of Novozymes.