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Product Stewardship

Safe, Responsible Product Development And Management

Product Stewardship efforts at Bayer are supported by the industry-wide efforts of organizations like Excellence Through Stewardship® (ETS), an affiliate of the Biotechnology Industry Organizations (BIO) and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA).

To ensure farmers reap all the benefits of its products, Bayer:

  • Explains and promotes proper and responsible use of its products
  • Manages product identity, integrity and quality
  • Meets or exceeds all government, industry and self-imposed regulations and approvals
  • Manages market impacts associated with product introduction
  • Continues stewardship of products in the marketplace

Requirements and Best Practices

Treated Seed Requirements and Best Management Practices

Treated seed can reduce the number of spray applications of insecticides, help increase yield potential, and support a sustainable means of crop production.

Below are some recommended best management practices in connection with the handling and planting of treated seeds to minimize dust-off and reduce exposure and potential risks to people and the environment.

Recommended Best Management Practices Include:

  • Consider environmental factors, such as wind speed and direction, when opening seed containers, and during filling or emptying of the planting machine
  • Follow planter manufacturer recommendations for use of seed flow lubricants (such as talc or graphite), and avoid excessive use
  • Avoid shaking the bottom of the treated seed bag when filling planter. This reduces release of dust that could have accumulated during transport
  • The planter should be filled at least 10 yards inside the field to be planted, avoiding proximity to apiaries, hedges, or flowering crops or weeds
  • Be aware of the presence of honeybee hives, or crops or weeds in the flowering stage within or adjacent to the field which could attract pollinators
  • Direct planter exhaust downward towards the soil surface, if possible. Use of downward deflectors may decrease off-site movement of dust
  • If spills occur, treated seed should be securely covered or collected as soon as possible to prevent exposure to humans, animals or the environment
  • Return leftover treated seed to its original seed lot containers, if treated seed is intended for storage and use at a later date. For more information, refer to The Guide to Seed Treatment Stewardship, produced by the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) and Crop Life America (CLA) at