Identifying Seed Types and Hybrids

Increasing yield in the field is every grower's goal. To meet this challenge, agricultural suppliers continually develop varieties that produce new, desirable traits and new active packages to address ever-evolving pest threats. This one-two punch of innovation helps keep growers one step ahead of changing climate, pests and growing conditions. 

With so many different seeds in farmers' hands, differentiating one from another becomes critical. The Tennessean once reported on a farmer who mixed up grass seed with turnip seed because of incorrect labeling on his seed bags. In an attempt to grow hay, the farmer was surprised with a field full of turnips.

Distinctive seed color is a fool-proof way to distinguish between seed types and hybrids. Unique colors help to classify seed types, hybrids, particular pesticide applications, seed brands, and more. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires seeds that are coated with any form of chemical or biological treatment to use a differentiating color to avoid the potential for those seeds to commingle with untreated seed.

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Innovation in Color Application for Seeds

Traditionally, seed coatings have been colored by red, blue, and green pigment solutions, providing little function. However, with recent advancements in seed coating technology, Sensient can provide a custom color to differentiate your seeds from the competition and each other. 

Sensient’s novel seed coating line provides superior color consistency across a wide range of seed varieties, including row crop, vegetable seed, grass, forage and botanical seeds. Available in custom colors, SensiCoat™ is available in a highly concentrated solution, employing proprietary technology that helps lock actives on the seed, enhance flowability, and provide a vibrant color appearance. Additionally, SensiCoat™ is a diverse product, applicable to multiple solutions and consumer needs. 

If you have any questions about seed coating solutions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Sensient Team.