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Maximize the success of your seed treatment field trials

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Pesticides, biorationals & biostimulants can be applied as a seed treatment in order to effectively protect and promote the crop’s growth at its early stage - With over 30 years of experience, our agronomists share their tips to get the most out of field efficacy trials with seed treatments. Get ready for the next campaign; contact your EAS representative and start planning your Autumn program in oilseed rape and winter cereals now.

5 Tips from our experts to maximize the success of your seed treatment field trials

1. Check your formulation quality and seed loading prior to field trials

Our laboratories are ready to analyse your treated seeds to verify if the target rate is achieved and we conduct storage stability tests to ensure your active ingredient remain stable on the seed. Our microbiologists use specific quantification & survival tests for your microbial formulations. We can also conduct germination and efficacy tests in controlled conditions to define optimum conditions of use before conducting field trials

2. Evaluate your seed treatment in a wide range of conditions

Seed treatment performance varies depending on soil conditions, crop variety & germination rate, especially for microbial formulations. Our agronomists operate from 60 field stations across Europe to apply your seed treatment in a wide range of optimum field situations according to preliminary tests

3. Fully characterize the trial situation

Efficacy data should be carefully interpreted in their field context. Our trial reports provide detailed soil analyses, on-site weather data and agronomic field details to help data comparison across trials to identify optimum recommendations of use

4. Use reliable equipment for application, drilling and harvest

In a field micro plot experiment, any small deviation in application rate, crop density or harvest area create a bias in data. Our field stations are fully equipped with reliable seed dressing equipment, plot drills and harvesters for all crops.

5. Adapt trial assessment to the field context

Despite careful site selection, field experiments carry some natural variability and are subject to external factors. Optimise evaluation methods to be accurate and precise in a field context. Our experts can assist you in the definition of the trial protocol.

Please contact Emilie Guillard for more information.