February 27, 2014
Bayer CropScience new seed lubricant, Fluency Agent, commercially available in the US
Bayer CropScience's new seed lubricant, Fluency Agent, is now available for use by growers in the United States.
Fluency Agent is a seed lubricant for corn and soybean seeds, which is designed to replace standard talc and graphite seed lubricants. In lab tests, the product was shown to help reduce the amount of total dust released in treated seeds by 90% versus talc and 60% versus graphite, thus reducing the potential risk of exposure to pollinators, if they come in direct contact with the dust during the planting process.
"Although there is already a low-level of potential for pollinators to come in contact with dust from treated seed during planting, the Fluency Agent offers added protection," said Kerry Grossweiler, manager of equipment and coatings, SeedGrowth, Bayer CropScience. "The product is another effort by Bayer CropScience to develop and implement stewardship best management practices that promote honey bee health."
In spring 2013, Bayer conducted extensive field trials of the product-covering more than 40,000 acres-with growers in the United States and Canada. The majority of growers said Fluency Agent was equal to or better than traditional seed lubricants. This spring Bayer plans on conducting demonstration plots with growers on 250,000 corn acres to confirm performance and raise awareness of the product.
"It's pretty simple really; easy to apply, a smaller quantity. It worked equal or better than regular talc; absolutely no issues whatsoever," said Ed Benjamins, a grower from Ontario and a participant in one of the 2013 Fluency Agent field studies.
Bayer CropScience is a crop science company in the areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control.