Germains strives to provide our customers with high-quality seed filmcoat treatments that are safer to use and offer additional plant protection from pathogens that will aid the success of your crops. Seed film-coating is the precision application of agrochemicals such as color dyes, fungicides, insecticides, and other beneficial microorganisms to raw seeds or seed pellets. Filmcoat applications of agrochemicals are designed to apply the chemicals at the approved label rate as required by the California Department of Pesticides.
Seed filmcoat process
The film-coating is a seed treatment process that encases the active ingredients within a thin film of binding materials that improves handling and reduces dust off for end users. The filmcoat binders keep the material where it belongs, on the seed. Because the agro-chemicals are placed directly on the seed or pellet, the filmcoat may also provide the disease protection it was developed to control. The benefits of the selected agrochemicals begin working at emergence vs. having to wait for spray applications after planting.
Filmcoating can be added to raw seed; however, specific pesticides do require them to be added as far always from the seed as possible to limit phytotoxicity. Some chemicals may cause damage when applied directly to the seed. Under these circumstances, Germains will, therefore, apply the agrochemical to the exterior finish of the customer’s selected seed pellet as a filmcoat.
Quality control and safety
All of Germains seed filmcoat applications are routinely tested by our Quality Control department to ensure that the application of agrochemicals is controlled and adheres to state and federal regulatory standards. Also, to prevent seeds treated with any agrochemical from accidentally consumed by humans or animals, all seeds treated with any chemical or biological filmcoat are color-coded in accordance to the Food and Drug Administrations’ safety guidelines 21 CF, Part 2.25. All colorants used in Germains filmcoating process are 40 CFR, Part 153.155 approved.
Seed filmcoat treatments offer many benefits including:
- Precise and even distribution of agrochemical treatments
- Carrier of seed-applied crop protection products
- Reduction in dust exposure
- Strong binding agent
- Higher visibility in the field
- Product identification
- Increased shelf life
Guide to seed treatment stewardship
The Guide to Seed Treatment Stewardship is a valuable resource that provides critical information and up-to-date guidelines for seed handling. Jointly produced by the American Seed Trade Association and CropLife America, the purpose of the guide is to educate farmers and seed companies about how to manage their treated seeds effectively and to minimize the risk of exposure. Click here for more information.
Contact us for more information
Germains offers a wide range of seed treatments providing a consistently high level of quality treated seed. As our offer for seed treatment is extensive, please do contact us with any inquiries you may have for your seed so we may tailor an offer for you.