Seed Coatings to Improve Seed Performance, Reduce Pesticide Usage and as Production Tools in Soybeans and Corn
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The Iowa State University Integrated Crop Management Conference is Iowa's premier crop production education event. No other program in Iowa brings together the diverse range of topics, slate of expert presenters and results of the latest University research.
The ICM Conference offers workshops focusing on the latest in crop production technology. Experts from Iowa and surrounding states will provide research updates and results in soil fertility, soil and water management, crop production and pest management.
For hundreds if not thousands of years seeds have been amended with various materials to insure their survival or to improve their emergence and growth. The early Greeks and Egyptians used salts to insure seed storability and applied elemental dusts to protect the seed after it was planted. Although hot water treatments might not be considered a seed treatment they have the effect of eliminating harmful organisms while maintaining seed viability. With the discovery of the pesticidal properties of some of the heavy metals especially copper, mercury and zinc modem seed treatment as we know it today was introduced.