Biologic and thermal treatment protects the seeds. Lantmännen has invested in research and development of alternative treatment methods of seeds for many years.
As an alternative to chemical treatment, seeds can be treated biologically or thermally for increased pest resistance. A biological treatment uses natural microorganisms (our methods are called Cedomon and Cerall), a thermal treatment uses heat (our method ThermoSeed).
Why is crop protection necessary?
The seeds used by our farmers need to be protected from attacks from bacteria or fungal diseases that make cultivation less efficient in various ways. Poorer seed quality results in poorer harvests and infestation leads to poorer stock efficiency when infested feed must be disposed. Attacks on the seeds have both economic and environmental effects, as the use of resources such as transports and fertilization remain the same even if harvests decrease.
The seeds are therefore treated using various methods to prevent infestation during warehousing. This is called crop protection treatment. Traditionally, various types of chemical pesticides have been used.