Seed Treatment Methods
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Methods For Treating Your Corn Seed With Invigor 8™ or RizNate™
Growers who’d like to treat their seed with Invigor 8™ or RizNate™ frequently ask how they should go about applying the product to their crops. There are a number of seed treatment methods for getting the most out of our products. The seed treatment, once applied properly, can energize the seeds and provide for even vigorous emergence, early growth, and higher yields in a number of crops including corn, alfalfa, canola, cotton, grain sorghum and sunflowers. Invigor 8 is the right choice for corn. It is available here. For soybeans and other legumes, consider RizNate™, available here.
This post will focus on treating corn. If you’re using the product for another crop, please consult with your Genesis Ag representative for the proper procedures. While the methods will be very similar for each of these crops, the amount of liquid used will be different for each seed to ensure adequate coverage.
Seed Treatment With A Portable Mixer
If you’re working with a smaller number of bags or units of seed and treating your seeds on farm, then this method may work for you. The only equipment needed is a portable cement mixer and a spray bottle. It does involve a little bit of work, but the returns on investment are phenomenal. Once the equipment is set up to treat your seed this way, it will probably take between 3 and 5 minutes per bag to empty, treat, and reseal the bag. Treating 50 units of seed will probably take you between 2 to 4 hours.
Commercial Seed Treatment
A number of commercial seed treaters have been developed and are available in the market which do an excellent job of adequately atomizing the Invigor 8™ or RizNate™ solution and achieving an even coverage over all of the seeds. Invigor 8™ and RizNate™ differ from a seed dressing applied for the purpose of applying a fungicide or bactericide or another seed protectant. Ideally, the product comes into contact with all of the seeds. The product will quickly absorb through the seed-coat of your corn and your kernels should feel dry to the touch within a minute or two after application.
While large commercial seed treaters are available, most of our clients don’t have one on their farm. If you’d like to get your seed commercially treated we recommend working with your seed dealer, local co-op, seed farmer, or another grower who has a commercial treater on site. In cases where this is not possible, another option is to use a box-to-box treater.
Box To Box Seed Treatment
A box to box, or “b2b” seed treater can be used to treat seed for those that either want or need to treat their seed on farm, but don’t have a commercial drum treater available. The B2B treater is used to treat seed going from one hardside probox into another hardside probox. The pump agitates and pumps the product through a hose into the chute where the seed is treated.
Box to Box Treaters Now Available Through Genesis Ag
Genesis Ag is now offering Box-To-Box treaters like the one shown in the video. You can order one or learn more by calling our office at 844-455-5511.