What is the application rate for Dry Seed Treat?

The recommended application rate for Dry Seed Treat is about 4 ounces per unit of most medium to large seeds (corn, soybeans, or wheat) and 8 ounces per unit of smaller seeds (alfalfa or grass). In the table below, the typical range of population or seeding rates for each crop is stated, and the range of per-acre costs for these seeding rates are based on purchases of single 15# buckets at our regular retail price. These costs will be lower if you buy in larger volumes or order under our early-season discount programs in the fall (September and October) or winter (December through March). Also, many seed companies now define their units by seed count rather than by weight, so we provide details about the conversion from weight to seed count for each crop.

Crop Population or Seeding Rate Cost per acre Specific Benefits
Corn (all types) 24,000 to 32,000 seeds per acre $0.88 to $1.07 1,000 to 2,000 more plants per acre, more feeder roots, average yield increase is 6-7 BPA in on-farm side-by-side trials
Each bag or unit is assumed to contain 80,000 seeds, and a unit will plant about 2.5 acres of corn at the 32,000 population rate. One 15# bucket of Dry Seed Treat will treat 60 units at a rate of 4 ounces per unit, so a bucket will treat enough seed for 150 acres of corn.
Soybeans 80,000 to 160,000 seeds per acre $1.50 to $3.05 30 percent more nodules per stalk, more pods per plant, more beans per pod, average yield increase is 3-4 BPA in on-farm side-by-side trials
Most seed companies used to sell soybean seed by weight in 50 pound bags with 2,400 to 3,200 seeds per pound, but many of them now sell seed by count with 140,000 seeds per unit. We still recommend about 4 ounces of Dry Seed Treat per unit of seed. One 15# bucket of Dry Seed Treat will treat 60 units (4 ounces per unit), so a bucket will treat enough seed for 60 acres of soybeans at a planted population of 140,000 seeds per acre.
Wheat, oats, rye, and other small grains 60 to 120 pounds per acre $2.00 to $5.33 Less winter kill, faster spring emergence, more tillers per crown
At the recommended application rate of 4 ounces per 60 pounds of seed, one 15# bucket of Dry Seed Treat will treat 3,600 pounds of seed. For example, if wheat is seeded at 90 pounds per acre, a bucket will treat enough seed for 40 acres of wheat at a cost of $3.75 per acre.
Alfalfa; grass; cover crops; and any other legume, forage or hay crop with small seeds 5 to 30 pounds per acre $0.50 to $3.00 Higher germination rates allow you to sow less seed and reduce cost, deeper roots increase plant sugar and nutrient content, higher tonnage
At the recommended application rate of 8 ounces per 50 pounds of seed, one 15# bucket of Dry Seed Treat will treat 1,500 pounds of seed. For example, if alfalfa is seeded at 15 pounds per acre, a bucket will treat enough seed for 100 acres of alfalfa at a cost of $1.50 per acre. Please note that some cover crops like Austrian winter peas are seeded at much higher rates (e.g., 75 to 100 pounds per acre), so the treatment cost will be proportionally higher.

For More Information

For more information on Chandler Dry Seed Treat, call (309) 659-7773 or e-mail info@midwestbioman.com.