Bayer CropScience’s Fluency Agent, a new seed lubricant for sugarbeets, is now available from participating independent sales agents of ACH Seeds, marketer of Crystal® Brand beet seed.
Fluency Agent is an alternative for talc, graphite and talc/graphite-blended seed lubricants. The use of seed lubricants in pneumatic planters is a standard recommendation from planter manufacturers. Seed lubricants help reduce friction and improve uniformity of planting. Fluency Agent, as a seed lubricant, helps reduce the amount of total dust and further minimizes the amount of active ingredient potentially released in treated seed dust during planting. By reducing seed dust, Fluency Agent reduces the potential risk of exposure to foraging honey bees and other pollinators if they come in direct contact with the dust.
Seed treatments are a very important tool for sugarbeet farmers, notes Dave Braaten, national product manager for ACH Seeds. One of the key components featured with Crystal Sugarbeet Seed’s Diamond Plated™ seed treatment options, he says, is the use of seed-applied insecticide. To be good stewards of this technology, the management of dust is important, especially with today’s planters. According to Braaten, 100% of Crystal Brand customers use various Diamond Plated seed treatment options on their farms.
“The Fluency Agent is a great product that adds convenience when handling the seed. We see this as a real opportunity for sugarbeet growers across the U.S. to reduce the dust currently associated with talc/graphite seed lubricants, while improving plantability and promoting environmental stewardship,” Braaten says.
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