Seed pelleting set off the development of all seed technologies over seventy years ago, and Germains was the first to create a pellet for sugar beets seed which has expanded into an number of vegetable crops. Because many vegetable seeds are small, light and irregular in shape, Germains offers a variety of seed pellets. Our seed pellets were developed for specific growing regions and are available in a number sizes and weights that are suitable for today’s crops. Seed pelleting may be stacked with other technologies such as priming and health technologies to help maximize your crops potential from planting to harvest.
Seed pelleting technologies offer many benefits including:
Produces bigger, rounder and smoother seed pellets
Allows for precision drilling
Ideal carrier of some crop protection treatments such as fungicides and pesticides
Uniform sized pelleted seed
Improve ability to handle even the finest seed
Please contact us today for more information about our seed pelleting technologies and pricing.
Oxykote® is a tan, heavy, split type seed pellet offering excellent plantability and uniform placement.
Species availability: Endive, Escarole, Lettuce, Radicchio, Tobacco
A versatile white, heavy, melting seed pellet that allows rapid oxygen uptake, also known as Propellet® heavy. Popular among leafy vegetable growers located in the Pacific Northwest and California growing regions.
Species availability: Endive, Escarole, Lettuce, Radicchio
ppl® is a high-quality lightweight seed pellet, also known as Propellet® light commonly used in coastal regions of California.
Species availability: Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrot, Celery, Cucumber, Endive, Escarole, Jalapeno, Kale, Leek, Lettuce, Onion/Shallot, Parsnip, Pepper, Radicchio, Red Beet, Tomatoes
ProFlo® is a heavy seed encrustment coating that increases the seed size and weight to help improve singulation when planted with a vacuum seeder. Proflo improves singulation during planting vs. planting raw seed while making the seed more visible in the soil. Unlike the traditional round pellet with a specific pellet size, encrustments maintain the seeds natural shape while adding bulk and weight to the seed so that it flows through vacuum planters with fewer skips and doubles.
New ProFlo® Seed Encrustment for Onions
Germains R&D team recently reformulated the conventional Proflo treatment for onions. The new formula enhanced the encrustment’s integrity, reduced dust off, and improved the accuracy of the final coated seed count per lb. to meet grower’s planter specifications.
Improved integrity for easy planting and singulation
Significant reduction in dust off
Elimination of buildup requirements for FarMore® applications
Finished desired seed count accuracy ranging from 55K to 95K +/- 5K seed per lb
Reduction in the number of doubles and skips
This product is designed to build to seed counts accuracy (±5000) by customer’s preference, and it was launched only after passing all tests conducted in our laboratory and field trials for a couple of years. ProFlo® passed plantability and pellet integrity test using air planter at variable disc speed and vacuum pressure. While performing air planter test, data was generated for seed flowability on doubles, skips, broken seed and dust off. Air planter handled the all seed treatments as per expectation without crumbling or damaging seed with minimal or no dust off. Seed count targets were met successfully with each build runs to target seed counts. Dust off was reduced by 80% over standard ProFlo®. Chemical loading (F300 and FI 500) tests remained within target range as per product’s rate of application recommendations. Field trials also met or exceeded expectation on seed emergence, total germination, and applicable transplant requirement.
Final Seed Count Accuracy Testing:
Extensive testing has been conducted to achieve accuracy for accommodating requests for final seed counts.
Three Color Options to Choose From for ProFlo® Onion:
Species availability: Endive, Escarole, Lettuce, Onion/Shallot, Parsnip, Radicchio
Proflo® precise is a heavy, precision encrustment, designed to improve singulation and flow when used with a vacuum seeder. Commonly used for baby leaf lettuce when planted with a Spider Planter. Proflo precise reduces the wear on the planter’s sponges. When using a precision planter, proflo precise allows a grower to plant 2.5 M per acre vs 4M raw seeds per acre.
Species availability: Lettuce, Onion/Shallot
A lightweight field pellet that splits rapidly and neatly when placed in moist growing conditions, allowing access to the seed for oxygen and light uptake for germination. The pellet is designed for direct drilled crops and is precisely graded to improve the seeds singulation and plantability.
Species availability: No species available.
ProPellet® elite seed pellet technology was specifically developed for celery. ProPellet elite enhances the seeds performance in transplant production. ProPellet elite is a stacked seed technology that combines seed pelleting and health products that deliver stronger roots and vigour to improve the crop’s overall performance from transplant to harvest.
Larger seedlings with increased foliage
Enhanced root development for easier transplant production
Improved vigour for better stand during transportation from greenhouse to the field
Increased yield potential
Innovative Solution to a Grower’s problem
ProPellet® Elite product development began with a single customer inquiry. A commercial celery grower was experiencing crop loss when transporting seedlings from the greenhouse to the field. The customer contacted Germains to see if a seed technology could be developed to improve celery seedling vigour and root mass for transplanting. Based on the grower’s circumstances, Germains’ Research and Development team customized an existing seed pellet by combining it with beneficial health products.
Species availability: Carrot, Celery, Jalapeno
ProSize™ is a seed coating for sunflowers that provides added weight and a smooth, slick finish that enables sunflower seed to flow smoothly through planters. The seed coating helps growers achieve accurate field populations.
Adds weight to seed for improved placement in the field
Reduces dust off
Maximizes flow ability through planters
Uniform coating and seed sizing
Precision application of agrochemicals
Species availability: Sunflower
Used in either a greenhouse or in the field, seed encrustments are a minimal buildup of pelleting materials that help increase the seed’s weight and size. Seed encrustments also help improve singulation during automated planting and may include agrochemicals upon request. Seed encrustments reduce dropping doubles when planting which improves spacing between plants often reducing the need to thin the crop after planting when planting to stand.