Corteva Agriscience has opened one of only six Seed Applied Technologies (CSAT) laboratories in the world in South Africa.
The facility will concentrate on recipe development and seed application safety testing. The location will also be linked to Corteva’s worldwide CSAT network, guaranteeing that farmers throughout Africa and the Middle East have access to high-quality seeds and improved field performance.
“This investment not only demonstrates our commitment to regional agriculture and ongoing research and development, but it also demonstrates our ambition to effectively use cutting-edge technology to help increase yields, improve livelihoods, and ensure sustained food security,” says Venkata Subbarao Kolli, Corteva Agriscience’s President for Africa and the Middle East.
Seed treatments involve applying chemical or biological chemicals directly to the surface of the seed, such as fungicides or insecticides, to protect seeds and seedlings from insects, fungal diseases, and soil-borne pathogens. Seed treatments boost seed and plant health, as well as germination rates; protect plants when they are most vulnerable to insects and disease; and raise the chances of a higher-quality harvest. In addition, solutions enable more efficient and targeted use of active chemicals, lowering the overall amount of pesticides needed, preserving biodiversity and pollinators, and promoting sustainable agriculture.
“This CSAT lab adds to Corteva Agriscience’s seed production capability,” says Tony Esmeraldo, Corteva Agriscience’s Business Director for South Africa. “We provide the most comprehensive package of solutions available, including the development of the greatest hybrids, crop protection advancements, and, now, one of the most complex seed treatment procedures available to farmers.”
Corteva’s evidence-based process combines science and imagination to develop and deliver improved seed treatments that boost producer productivity and help to create more efficient and resilient food systems. Every year, the company’s technical experts review hundreds of products, looking for the best components and formulations to fulfill the demands of each farmer. Before products reach clients, a comprehensive research procedure is carried out, focusing on specific areas such as agronomy, safety, and stewardship.
The location was built with innovative equipment to execute numerous tests to assure the quality of the seed treatment, providing AME producers with a higher level of assurance. The facility will also service Corteva’s Pannar and Pioneer seed brands, as well as other industry collaborators, with the goal of developing novel seed treatment solutions to help farmers meet the difficulties of an ever-changing agricultural market.