Seed Treatment PPE

May 01, 2020

The very busy time of planting is here.  Thousands of bushels of seed will be planted in a relatively short amount of time.  The seed that most of us will be utilizing has had a variety of solutions applied to it. Some of the more commonly applied products are nematicides, bioenhancers, fungicides and insecticides. These products are applied in concentrated amounts to maximize their effectiveness. 

Although these dry seed coatings may seem harmless, they actually provide a potential safety hazard to farmers that handle them. It is very important to read and follow the label for proper personal protective equipment (PPE). Each type of seed and coating has different requirements, so it is always important to read each bag, not generalize the guidelines for the entire season. Examples of PPE for handling treated seed include chemical resistant gloves (thickness greater than 14 ml), long-sleeved shirt, long pants, socks and boots.

PPE will keep us safe and help us from taking these products home to our families.  Seed corn manufacturers have a very good website to provide you with the correct PPE needed to keep you and your family safe during this planting season. In order to refresh the proper way to handle treated seed, we encourage you to visit their site at

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