Five Steps for the Stewardship of Treated Seed

We found this article on It is such a great reminder of some simple and effective ways to steward our seed.


As planting season begins across the country, the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) reminds farmers to follow five basic steps for stewardship of treated seed:

  1. Follow Directions: Follow directions on treated seed container labels for handling, storage, planting, and disposal practices.
  2. Eliminate Flowering WeedsEliminate flowering plants and weeds in and around the field prior to planting.
  3. Minimize Dust: Use advanced seed flow lubricants that minimize dust.
  4. BeeAware: At planting, be aware of honey bees and hives located near the field, and communicate with beekeeper when possible.
  5. Clean and RemoveCompletely clean and remove all treated seed left in containers and equipment used to handle harvested grain, and dispose of it properly. Keep all treated seed out of the commodity grain channels.

“Seed treatment technologies are an effective agronomic tool that provides seeds with the necessary protection for a strong, healthy start,” said ASTA President & CEO Andrew W. LaVigne. “It’s important to always follow proper handling procedures to ensure seed treatment solutions result in success for everyone involved and minimize the risk of exposure to non-targeted organisms.”

For more information, visit the newly redesigned The Guide to Seed Treatment Stewardship is a partnership between ASTA, Agricultural Retailers Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, CropLife America, National Corn Growers Association, and National Cotton Council.

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The Easiest Way to Clean Hemp Seed

Rotary Separators can clean debris, damaged or broken seeds from many products including hemp seed.

In a rotary separator, round materials achieve a velocity far greater than non-rounds. This carries them over the outer edge of the flights. Non-rounds and less dense material are unable to reach the edge and continue downward exiting the bottom of the separator.

In the end, you are left with clean, sorted hemp seeds with higher value, quality and profits.


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How to Overcome the Many Challenges Associated with Agricultural Data

Unlike the common perception of agriculture being “data-poor,” agronomists and growers are in fact  “drowning” in data. With new satellite imagery coming every three days, on-farm sensors sending updates 24/7 and application maps piling up on their machinery hard drives after every tractor run, there is more agricultural data added daily to a modern farm’s archive than a human operator can be expected to analyze.

Yet, all this data is a source of valuable insights and can be a factual basis for on-farm management decisions, such as the efficient and economical application of fertilizer, timing of spraying operations, and allocation of workers’ time.

All of these decisions need to be made daily in a timely and efficient manner for them to have a meaningful impact on farm operations, but this is at odds with the large volume of un-analyzed data coming in each day.

Farmers and their advisors want to adopt new technologies that would make their enterprises more profitable, efficient and sustainable. However, the ag technologies promising to do just that, often expect the farmer and their advisors to deal with various problems relating to that agricultural data load.


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Agtech is Useless if We Cannot Engage Farmers

Agtech is useless if we cannot engage farmers. That seems pretty obvious – a product without a customer is of little value, and including customer input into the design and development process is best practice in every industry. But the question of how farmers and the agtech community of entrepreneurs, investors, and accelerators can work together to build great products is much harder to answer.

Why is farmer engagement hard?

We’re all busy, but farmers have it especially tough. On top of relentless workloads, farmers are constantly managing uncertainty. From weather to disease to trade policy, they are subject to variables outside their control. So how can we expect them to also spend time helping eager (but often naive) entrepreneurs and innovators?

At the same time, agtech entrepreneurs are often up against the rural-urban divide. Though an entrepreneur might want to get input from a farmer or set up a trial to get feedback and refine the solution, she might not be able to. Especially for agtech entrepreneurs- most of whom are still on the coasts of the US and in cities around the world- who didn’t grow up on farms and lack networks into the ag communities, even calling a farmer for a 30 minute chat can be a challenge.

Is agtech making it worse?

Improving the engagement model between agtech and agriculture is a critical challenge that, if solved, will benefit both communities. The folks on the agtech side of the equation have been trying, and will continue to try, to solve the problem because it is critical to their businesses. It doesn’t take very long for an agtech company to realize that they need to engage with experts and users in the agriculture industry. Whether for feedback, expertise, trials, or as customers, involving farmers is a must.


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Looking Forward to IPSA in Palm Springs!

We’re headed West! The annual IPSA Conference will be held on January 7 & 8 and we’d love to see you there!

Indian Wells is right outside of Palm Springs, CA and is going to be a fantastic place to be in January to celebrate 30 years of seed sorting, spiral separators and sunshine.



Our president, Steve DeJong, will be at booth #34 for this event. We’ll be showcasing some new AgTech and tools that will change your bottom line for 2019. Swing by, say hi, and set your year up for a great ROI.

ASA Policy Priorities for 2019

Topping the list for 2019 is pushing the Administration to resolve its tariff war with China, including rescinding its Section 301 duties if China agrees to lift its 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans.  When and if this happens, the process of rebuilding the U.S. market in China could take years. So, ASA is also pressing to open Free Trade Agreement negotiations with other countries that have potential to import more soy and livestock products. In addition to the European Union, Great Britain and Japan, prospects include Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

Another initiative to increase U.S. competitiveness is to double funding for the FMD and MAP export promotion programs.  Funding projects that upgrade the inland waterway system infrastructure is also high on ASA’s list. Finally, ASA remains focused on extending the biodiesel tax credit, both retroactively for 2018 and forward to 2023.  Each of these priorities would help restore U.S. competitiveness and farmer profitability in 2019 and future years.

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US Farmers Store Record Soybean Crop



DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — American farmers still working to get out their remaining soybeans after a weather-plagued harvest season are struggling to figure out what to do with a record crop now their traditionally dominant export market is largely closed.

Usually by this point in the year, 100-car trains filled with North Dakota soybeans would be moving to ports on the West Coast destined for China. But this year is different, after China all but stopped buying U.S. soybeans in response to President Donald Trump’s trade tariffs . Fearful of economic failure, farmers are frantically trying to determine how to store a potentially 1 billion-bushel surplus until it can be sold at a decent price.

Farmers have been mostly patient with Trump and his plans to realign trade deals to improve U.S. interests, but the loss of markets is hitting their bank accounts hard.

“As I’ve heard many people say, you can’t pay the bills with patriotism,” said Grant Kimberley, an Iowa farmer and the market development director for the Iowa Soybean Association. “You’ve got to have money and right now we as an industry are a little short on that because we’ve had a major hit in our number one market and it’s been reflected in a major drop in prices.”

North Dakota farmers who sell at the current cash price of around $7.20 a bushel do so at a loss given that the cost of production is about $8.50.

Trump has created a one-time $12 billion program to compensate for the loss in trade, and soybean farmers are to get the largest share of the money. But even with payments from that fund , which amount to about 82 cents a bushel this year, they still fall short of breaking even. Another 82 cents may be approved next year if a trade agreement isn’t reached, the USDA has said.

Farmers have been struggling for five years as the cost of land, fertilizer, chemicals and seed have remained high, but net income has fallen. Some who rent their land or have accumulated high debt could be forced out of farming by the crisis.

“Individually, we’ve got some problems out there,” said Chad Hart, an agricultural economist at Iowa State University. “This squeeze will be enough to put a few farmers out of business.”

Farmers produced a record U.S. harvest of 4.6 billion bushels this year, but the USDA reports exports to China are down 94 percent from a year ago since Chinese companies were ordered to stop buying American soybeans and find other suppliers.

U.S. soybean farm organizations have cultivated other markets, including Egypt, Argentina and Iran, and boosted sales to the European Union and Mexico. But that doesn’t make up for the gap left by the loss of the Chinese market.

Meanwhile, more beans are going into storage than usual, and this could have an impact on the price of the 2019 crop.

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UV Sterilizers – What You Need to Know

Equipment Feature: UV Sterilizer

Is the UV Sterilizer the right product for your sorting process?

The UV Sterilizer treats the exterior of the seed with UV Light that eradicates the DNA of cells that cause bacteria, viruses and organism growth. This treatment rids the exterior of the seed of bacterial pathogens that maybe harmful for consumption such as salmonella, e-coli and listeria. The great thing about a UV Sterilizer is that it can maintain the integrity and viability of the original seed while removing these potentially harmful and unwanted items.

What does UV Sterilizer do best?

A UV Sterilizer can help clean and sterilize a variety of seeds and spices. Hemp and Peppercorn are two unique products that benefit from this simple and safe process.

18. UV Sterilizer – Hemp from Steve DeJong on Vimeo.

How does a UV Sterilizer work?

Your seed or spice expels from the hopper and is carried down a tray. The oscillating of the tray allows the seed to rotate and move, so the UV light can sterilize every side. As it does, it passes under under the UV lights for approximately 8 to 10 seconds.

The adjustability during processing from the flow of the hopper to the height of the UV lights is simple and allows for flexibility in your processing Once passed under the UV lights the purification process is complete and the seed is ready for any additional testing that maybe needed. If you want even more detail – check out this UV Sterilizer FAQ we published.

A UV Sterilizer typically works best when its used in combination with other sorting and cleaning equipment. A Rotary Separator is often used to sort, clean and remove debris from a commodity before the UV process. This allows the UV Sterilizer to take less load and only sterilize a higher quality cut.


We are looking forward to another great CSS 2018 hosted by ASTA.

ASTA’s CSS 2018 & Seed Expo is America’s largest seed industry conference. This year- we’re headed to Chi-town from December 3 – 6. We have a VERY exciting update, product features, and innovations in the seed industry to share with all of you!  If you’re coming to the expo, let us know. We’d love to meet you. Just send us a message on our contact page.

Meanwhile – check out the promo video.


Proving the Rotary

Our Rotary Separators performance has been proven over and over again. Our clients have great results with their soybean separation and they are seeing higher yields and less clean-out. This means more profit!

One of the issues we hear about with soybeans is the number of splits getting mixed in with the good seed. When adding in the soybeans to the Rotary, the round seed roll off the flight while the broken and deformed seed fall to the discharge chute. Problem solved! This is a gentle process which  protects the soybean seed from being damaged in processing.

Profile’s rotary technology allows you to reduce clean-out by 5%-20% as well, increasing operational efficiency and flexibility.

In-process adjustments to fine tune your sorting is a snap and what would have taken more than an hour of downtime and operator effort with other separators can now be done in just thirty seconds. Time & money; the Rotary Separator will save you both! How much? You can use our online calculator to find out!


Our Rotary Separator provides the most flexibility and fine-tuning in seed separation allowing you to adjust the variable separation speed to your specific seed properties. Seed treaters, conditioners and seed cleaning facilities can now manage all separation demands. The rotary provides process repeatability and uniformity for precise seed classification that exceeds industry requirements.

Our Rotary Separator’s come in a 1 core, 2 cores or 4 cores enclosed units. The capacity could be easily figured and also easy to add capacity later if needed.