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 seed’s 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 seed encrustment 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 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 count 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 tests using an air planter at variable disc speed and vacuum pressure. While performing the air planter test, data were generated for seed flowability on doubles, skips, broken seed, and dust-off. The air planter handled 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 the target range as per the product’s rate of application recommendations. Field trials also met or exceeded expectations 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.
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