Modern Seed Technology: Seed Coating Delivery Systems for Enhancing Seed and Crop Performance

Irfan Afzal, Talha Javed, Masoume Amirkhani, Alan G. Taylor
2020 Agriculture  
The objective of modern seed-coating technology is to uniformly apply a wide range of active components (ingredients) onto crop seeds at desired dosages so as to facilitate sowing and enhance crop performance. There are three major types of seed treating/coating equipment: dry powder applicator, rotary pan, and pelleting pan with the provisions to apply dry powders, liquids, or a combination of both. Additional terms for coatings produced from these types of equipment include dry coating, seed
more » ... ressing, film coating, encrustments, and seed pelleting. The seed weight increases for these different coating methods ranges from <0.05% to >5000% (>100,000-fold range). Modern coating technology provides a delivery system for many other materials including biostimulants, nutrients, and plant protectants. This review summarizes seed coating technologies and their potential benefits to enhance seed performance, improve crop establishment, and provide early season pest management for sustainable agricultural systems.
doi:10.3390/agriculture10110526 fatcat:lddr7pcccjaahjxtilhhckhfgy