The following piece is from our sister publication, Germination.
Syngenta Canada has launched Pelta, a new seed pelleting technology that the company says helps reduce the risk and guesswork around seeding canola.
The natural variability in canola seed size can cause several issues, such as seeding misses, and double – or triple‑seeded canola, which impact emergence.
“Canola is one of the most important and profitable crops in the Prairies, but often comes with high upfront input costs,” explains Karen Ullman, Seedcare Product Lead with Syngenta Canada. “That’s why it’s so important for growers to get the full genetic potential out of every seed — and Pelta technology helps do just that.”
Pelta optimizes seed size and uniformity for more accurate seed placement, greater survivability, and stronger stand establishment, Syngenta says. Enabling accurate seed placement removes one variable at seeding time and helps maximize canola hybrid performance and yield potential. Plants that are seeded accurately develop more uniformly and don’t compete for resources, the company says.
Consistent seed size allows for the use of singulation planter technology, effectively transforming canola from a solid-seeded crop into a row crop.
Syngenta research trials have shown that Pelta, combined with singulation planting technology, improved canola emergence by up to 40 per cent, according to the company.
“We are proud to be offering a solution that provides a less stressful and more effective start to the season,” says Shad Milligan, Seedcare Technical Lead with Syngenta Canada. “Our Pelta trial results are strong, and we are excited to get this technology onto more canola seed.”