Seed Applied Technologies


Giving Plants a Strong Start

Inside each seed sits the promise of a strong, healthy plant that will one day be harvested. From the moment a seed is planted, it faces a gauntlet of challenges from diseases, hungry insects and an unpredictable environment. Each factor can restrict a plant’s ability to grow strong roots and leaves, produce an optimum yield—or even survive at all. Corteva Agriscience is committed to discovering, developing and delivering the industry’s highest-quality seed treatments to help protect seed from the start, so it can develop to its full potential.

Protection That Enables Productivity

Today, farmers face numerous challenges in producing abundant, healthy crops. Seed treatments are an essential tool that enable more sustainable and economical farming. They help ensure seeds have the strongest start at becoming healthy plants that deliver full genetic potential. The additional protection from seed treatments also supports sustainable practices such as no-till, reduced-till and early planting.

Healthy Stands With Fewer Inputs

Because seed treatments involve applying products like fungicides, insecticides and nematicides directly to the seed, they can reduce the need for farmers to use these products post-planting. Seed treatments help reduce exposure of products to the soil surface and to non-target organisms like beneficial insects. Crops that start from protected seed also help produce healthy stands of plants that are less likely to need rescue treatments or replanting later in the season. That reduces the need for more inputs, saves resources and contributes to a productive farm year after year. Finally, seed is often a farmer’s single biggest investment and seed treatments protect that investment and farmers’ profit potential.

Graphic of SAT treatment
Source: “Seed Treatment A Tool for Sustainable Agriculture,” International Seed Federation and CropLife International, October 2007 View the PDF
Graphic of SAT treatment
Source: “Seed Treatment A Tool for Sustainable Agriculture,” International Seed Federation and CropLife International, October 2007

More Modes of Action for Improved Stewardship

Seed treatments also allow for the application of products directly on the seed, protecting it from pests and diseases. This provides a broad spectrum of protection and by using multiple products, the seed treatment offers various modes of action. Seed treatments contribute to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices and help increase the lifespan of other useful technologies like crop protection products and traits.

What Makes Our Seed Applied Technologies Unique

Discovering novel actives

Discovering novel actives

Corteva Agriscience works to discover new actives for seed protection, drawing on the world-class Corteva research pipeline and the resources of strategic collaborators who are on the cutting edge of seed protection innovations. At our Center for Seed Applied Technologies (CSAT)—which has locations around the world—Corteva screens a diverse range of technologies, looking for new ingredients with the most valuable characteristics and modes of action to meet farmers’ needs.

Developing products to solve challenges

Developing products to solve challenges

Among the hundreds of possible product combinations we evaluate, Corteva only brings seed treatments to market that are proven to solve on-farm challenges. Every product formulation is thoroughly tested in the lab and in the field to get a complete understanding of its characteristics and benefits, and ensure it performs to expectations.

Delivering support

Delivering support

Corteva seed treatment products help plants reach their full genetic potential and add value to seed. Products are supported by our team of scientists dedicated to seed-applied technology and our rigorous six-step PASSER process which evaluates every formulation for plantability, application, seed safety, stewardship, efficacy, and regulatory factors to ensure the highest-quality seed protection.

Proven Performance and Benefits

Seed treatments are vital to helping farmers produce more with fewer inputs, but not all seed treatments are alike. Corteva Agriscience develops seed treatments for farmers who are looking for the best seed protection. Because our formulations are validated for both performance and benefits, farmers can trust seed treatments from Corteva to deliver real results and value.

The first sprouts of a soybean plant stretch toward the sun in an agricultural field.

Seed treatments support soybean planting

Protection from unpredictable early season conditions gives farmers more options.

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A More Focused Footprint

Corteva Agriscience seed treatment products enable protection at a highly targeted level, protecting individual seeds—and the plants that grow from them—against disease and pest threats. This reduces the amount of crop protection products that may need to be applied to soil or sprayed on fields later in the season and helps limit exposure to humans working in the field and to beneficial organisms that keep farms healthy, like pollinators. Seed treatments can help farmers use fewer resources, while raising even more and better crops.

Our Innovation

Seed-applied technology from Corteva products have many characteristics that contribute to our commitment to advancing sustainable agriculture.