After you’re finished planting, you may be tempted to dump your remaining seed in with any soybeans you still have from last year’s harvest. Don’t.
“It is illegal in the United States to put treated seed into your soybeans and take them to the elevator. It is unacceptable not only in the United States, but worldwide, as well,” says Dwain Ford, United Soybean Board international opportunities target area coordinator and a soybean farmer from Kinmundy, Illinois. “It’s important that U.S. soybean farmers use and know the laws here in the United States for disposing of treated seeds and that they’re very conscious in ensuring that those are disposed of in the proper, legal manner.”
Providing high-quality, contamination-free soy shipments helps the United States remain the preferred supplier of soybeans around the world and helps U.S. farmers maintain their access to key markets.
As soybean seed treated with crop-protection products has become more popular in recent years, it has also become more important for farmers to properly dispose of leftover seed. Some international customers forbid the presence of any treated seed in commodity soybean shipments, and farmers violating U.S. laws on treated seed disposal may be subject to legal action.
“I believe that U.S. soybean farmers are very conscious about this and do a very good job in segregating and keeping those treated seeds out of commercial soybeans,” Ford adds. “However, customers can reject a whole shipload of our soybeans over just a few soybeans that have been treated, and that could cost all of us millions of dollars.”
[Photo Credits: United Soybean Board]