Seed Treatment

PGG Wrightson Seeds has been the leading provider of seed treatment products to the New Zealand forage seed market for over 40 years. The company has a wide range of seed treatment products in the market for forage brassica, grass, clover, lucerne and maize seed. Each seed treatment is unique, containing a range of plant protection and growth enhancement additives tailored to the specific seed type.

PGG Wrightson Seeds markets its seed treatment products under well established brands including Ultrastrike®, Superstrike® and Prillcote®. The seed treatment products are applied to an extensive range of cultivars from Agricom and other companies on request. These are available for purchase through all leading rural retailers in New Zealand.

PGG Wrightson Seeds has a strong commitment to research and development and is focused on delivering new products and technologies to the forage seed treatment market that provide ongoing solutions for farmers around plant protection and growth enhancement.

Seed treatment products provide farmers with a number of benefits from improved plant establishment through to a reduced impact on the soil environment.

Agronomic benefits: Scientific trials have shown seed treatment products help maximise seedling establishment and early plant growth, resulting in increased forage yields. Seedlings protected by seed treatment are in a better position to withstand external influences that put plants under stress during the establishment period.

Targeted protection: The pesticides in seed treatment products are effective against a range of common insect pests and diseases. Seed treatment products are not harmful to beneficial organisms such as earthworms.

Cost effective: Seed treatment products compare favourably with 'broadacre' pesticide applications in terms of cost per hectare.

Extended protection: The insecticides in seed treatment formulations are systemic with the chemical active-ingredient taken up by the young root system and transported throughout the developing plant. This mode of action provides extended pest protection during plant establishment.

Reduced environmental impact: Seed treatments contain very small quantities of active- ingredients, and therefore the amount of chemical applied to the soil is very small in comparison to 'broad-acre' pesticide applications.

User friendly: The use of seed treatment products reduces the need to handle chemicals and dispose of containers on-farm. With seed applied plant protection there is less reliance on favourable weather conditions in the field, unlike foliar spray applications.

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