A FILM-COATED BROCCOLI SEED PRODUCT

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  • 1 Sakata Seed America, 105 Boronda Road, Salinas, CA 93907

Sakata Seed America investigated the possibility of marketing a film-coated broccoli seed product. Film coating is the process of applying a colored polymer film material onto the seed surface that completely covers the seed and any seed pesticide. Film-coated seed has the benefit of providing uniform and precise pesticide placement, is dust free, safe to handle, can be highly visible in the soil, and has increased flowability in seed planters. The drawbacks arc the cost of the film-coating machinery and the film product as well as the slower application rate. The basic application procedure of film products to broccoli seed and the effects of film products on seed viability and seed storage will be discussed.