At Betaseed, our goal is that when a grower plants a Betaseed variety they will experience a consistent stand efficiently established with minimal loss to seedling diseases or pests in expected field conditions.
To accomplish the goal, we utilize the latest in processing equipment and technology in our facility. We also establish a comprehensive set of QA standards and use QA tests throughout the production process to ensure that these standards are met and exceeded.
We also work to ensure the goal is achieved by using seed activation technology and offering high performing seed treatments. For both, we utilize the choice that enhances the likelihood that the genetic potential of the seed is achieved.
As a result of our research, we are able to create a simple and clear combination of seed treatment products and processes that provide value to growers in an efficient manner for all markets. We identify the combination of treatments and processes under the BetaShield® seed treatment brand.
Research has shown that the performance of sugarbeets can be improved by priming, or pretreating seeds in order to improve seed germination rate, percentage germination, and uniformity of seedling emergence. The process initiates the early stages of germination but does not permit radicle protrusion.
Betaseed has an extensive research effort with full time staff devoted to continuously improving our propriety priming process that we identify as UltiPro®. Utilizing laboratory testing and field evaluations, we employ unique processes and equipment tuned to each seed lot thus aimed at success in the grower’s field.
Today the sugarbeet seed industry has a wide array of seed treatment fungicides and insecticide products that are available to protect the seed from disease and insect pests. Betaseed has a dedicated effort to evaluate seed treatment products for efficacy using field evaluations in small plots, strip trials and in our disease nurseries. We also screen all prospective products for seed safety in our Quality Assurance lab to identify any adverse effects to sugarbeet plants from the seed treatment products, particularly when multiple seed treatments are used in combination.
Recent EPA registration of Kabina fungicide offers a new seed treatment choice for growers combatting seedling Rhizoctonia disease. Tests have shown Kabina (Penthiopyrad) protects emerging plants from infection through the first several weeks of stand establishment as it has been studied by public researchers for several years.
Results from a 2011 study by C. Windels and J. Brantner from the University of Minnesota show that under heavy disease pressure, the best combination of strategies for full-season control of Rhizoctonia is a partially resistant variety, early planting, an effective seed treatment or in-furrow fungicide, and a timely application of Quadris post-emergence.
The use of a tolerant variety and two applications (in-furrow and foliar) of Quadris and Penthiopyrad as a seed treatment followed by one timely foliar application of Quadris provided the best disease control and resulted in acceptable yields at Hickson, ND in 2010.