Seed/Biotech In Focus

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The Wisconsin Crop Production Association (WCPA) is proud to provide this document, referred to as the “Producer Seed and Biotech Best Management Practices (BMP) Checklist” to its members and the ag industry in general. Here’s a brief description of what this document is meant to accomplish.

The BMP checklist was developed to provide heightened producer education and awareness regarding the professional handling and management of seed and biotech products. WCPA is making this document available to companies that interface with producers relating to following seed label directions, ensuring proper identification of seed and fields, grain stewardship, ensuring documentation of seed use, communication, and BMP education. The document is designed so that a company may choose to place their letterhead on it. It is made available for potential use at each company’s individual discretion.

The BMP checklist was developed and modified through committee process to address concerns across all industry factions and should be viewed as a balanced final product.

For more information, visit the Web sites linked below or visit www.wicrops.org.

Producer Seed and Biotech Best Management Practices Checklist

•ºFollow Seed Label Directions

  • It is extremely important to read and follow label directions on seed tags and seed bags.
  • The grower also needs to know and follow all marketing restrictions associated with seed traits.
  • If new directions are proposed, but not yet in writing (seed tags, seed bags, channel agreements and technology agreements), or if in doubt, please call us. We will help you get the correct information or reference www.ncga.com/biotechnology.

 

•ºEnsure Proper Identification of Seed and Fields

  • Check all labels and confirm that all bags have the intended Biotech trait and are trait compatibleat delivery or before opening seed bags.
  • Best management practices include cleaning all seed handling and planting equipment when changing between non-compatible traits.
  • It is important to clearly mark with positively identifiable markers any change from one trait to another within a field or farm.
  • It is highly advisable to use maps or GPS locations to indicate fields planted with specific biotech traits.

 

•ºGrain Stewardship

  • Understand which traits are accepted by grain marketers and/or end users, the potential need for segregation of specific traited grains, and the responsibility for grain delivered.
  • Best management practices include cleaning all harvest, handling and hauling equipment.
  • Information may be found on market channels at www.amseed.org/aboutMarketChoices.asp or www.ncga.com/biotechology.

 

•ºEnsure Documentation Of Seed Use

  • Documentation of pertinent information by field (i.e., seed company, variety, lot numbers, traits, compatible herbicides, dates planted, spray treatments, and dates harvested) are all very important.
  • Document required refuge acres for traits such as ECB, CRW and any potential future traits that will require it or refer to www.ncga.com/biotechonology.
  • This information will help us to help you if questions or problems ever arise.

 

•ºCommunication

  • Communication among seed supplier, grower, custom planter, custom applicator and custom harvester is crucial.
  • All farm business team members must maintain effective communication.

 

•ºBest Management Practices Education

  • I have read and understand the content of this educational document as it relates to my farming operations.
  • If you have any questions in any of the above areas, please call so we can personally assist you in finding information needed to successfully follow the “Best Management Practices Checklist.”

 

Turner is executive director for the Wisconsin Crop Production Association, Madison, WI.

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