# Seed Treatment #Follow
Nov. 16, 2020
Global growth can be seen by everyone by a simple walk around the city and according to the United Nations (UN), the planet's population is expected to reach 8.5 billion in 2030 and 9.7 billion in 2050.
The number is startling and needs to be incorporated in various sectors, including agribusiness, being the hope when it comes to food.
In this sense, Brazil is the protagonist. In 2016-2017 for the soybeans crop, ABIOVE just raised the production estimate to 113.2 million tons. However, to meet the entire world demand, it takes more than that because increased productivity, competitive prices and sustainable structure are the keys.
For Silvestre Bellettini, agronomist and consultant, there are some pillars within the pest and disease management, which can be further worked on, as is the case with seed treatment (ST). The practice has grown significantly in Brazil in light of the results presented. "Earlier, seed treatment was conducted improperly and ineffectively but that has changed with the evolution of technology," he explained.
The agronomist added that a well-made treatment, aiming at the initial control and/or prevention of pests and diseases, should provide a satisfactory residue range for the plant to remain protected, reducing possible damage in search of their full productive potential. "Good treatment is critical to the early development of the crop and, consequently, to its productivity," he said.
In the industry and the field
The seed treatment practices can be divided two ways: IST (industrial seed treatment) and on-the-farm (treatment on the farm). The first is the evolution of ST made by the farmer, but on industrial scale and with high-tech equipment.
Currently, it is estimated that IST accounts for about 40% of the seed treatment practice in Brazil and that is expected to increase in the coming years. "This is thanks to the environmental aspects and technological advances that ensure greater safety and quality," Bellettini stated.
On the other hand, some producers prefer to carry out the treatment on the farm, to act specifically on the real need for their problems, a common practice in Brazilian crops. "In the field or industry, seed treatment is a major ally of the producer," said Marco Cunha, Product Manager for Insecticides and Fungicides of Ourofino Agrociência.
Terra Forte is the solution of Ourofino Agrociência
Seeds treated with Terra Forte
Faced with the need of the producer and the growing market for seed treatment, Ourofino Agrociência presented Terra Forte, a contact and ingestion insecticide based on Fipronil, recommended for soybean, corn, cotton, beans and also to pasture.
Insecticides are excellent for the control of the main soil and aerial pests at an early stage, such as borers, caterpillars, cucurbit beetle, Diloboderus abderus in larval stage and termites. "The basis of any culture is germination. When the producer invests in quality seeds and protects them, they avoid losses, ensure better germination and a proper stand, which reflect in better productivity,” Marco Cunha revealed.
Produced in the Ourofino Agrociência factory, one of the most modern in the segment in the world, Terra Forte has a density compatible with industrial seed treatment equipment, providing use in different calibrations. "It is a product with liquid formulation, with better homogenization of the syrup and adequate density. In addition, it offers more ease in cleaning industrial equipment," Cunha explained.
For growers investing in quality and seeking high-tech products, Terra Forte offers more confidence due to its broad spectrum of control and prolonged residual effect, which protects the crop from pests that attack the seeds helping in the search for increased productivity. "The choice of product is a major factor in the success of the practice," consultant Silvestre Bellettini stated.
Finally, Cunha warned that exposure to soil pests of an untreated seed, including in pasture, can cause great damage to the producer. Depending on the infestation, the losses may be significant. "The attack of pests on untreated seeds causes a delay in the formation of pasture and creates problems for the producer," he said in conclusion.
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