SeedForward has seed treatment successfully tested by the Julius Kühn Institute Syngenta Crop Protection

Crows and pheasants are very fond of maize and thus cause extensive damage to the sowing. The first growth stages are affected at least up to the 2 leaf stage. A typical damage pattern is torn out seedlings. The seed should be protected as much as possible from this.

We at SeedForward GmbH are developing an effective and bio-based seed protection that prevents bird feeding. We treat corn seed lots with repellent plant extracts and additives which are applied to the grains with the help of a bio-based polymer.

Their effectiveness as bird repellents is determined by feeding tests at the Institute for Plant Protection in Horticulture and Forestry of the Julius Kühn Institute under the direction of Dr. Esther. In multiple choice trials Joanna Dürger places the seeds of pheasants in aviaries. She also uses the field prognosis test to see whether the animals also spurn the seedlings of different stages in planting bowls.

The first scientifically compiled results, which are part of an authorisation as a biocide, substantiate our effect against bird feeding, which has now been observed for 3 years. The results show that the treated seed is very little eaten compared to untreated maize seed, similar to seed treated with Mesurol (see diagram). The effect is now expected to continue through the relevant growth phase. To optimise the repellent effect of the substances or their formulations for field use, further tests and field trials are to be carried out.

In summary, it can be said that biobased birdfeed protection on seeds can be a possible alternative. We would like to realise this with our partners.

Multiple choice feeding experiments in feeding troughs:

JKI results, Münster 2020

 

The diagram (source: JKI) shows the % feed intake in respective corn product variants of SeedForward GmbH (SFHA, SFHD, SFHD 2x, SFHD 3x) compared to Mesurol in relation to their respective controls for pheasants.

Bird Repellent Trials in Corn Syngenta, Switzerland

Site with significant occurence of bird attack (crows) and wireworm damage

Syngenta Results, Switzerland 2020

 

Incidence of bird attack and wireworm damage was affected by seed treatment
Results of a plot experiment with n = 6 repetitions each;
variety: SY Feeditop; sowing date 19.06.2020; 80 000 seeds/ha
Control, Korit and SeedForward with base fungicide treatment Redigo M (BCS) and Vibrance FS500
Source: Syngenta Crop Protection

  • Compared to the control, bird attack and wireworm damage in corn were reduced in plots treated with Korit or SeedForward‘s seed treatment
  • On Average, Korit and SeedForward‘s seed treatment performed at a similar level

Bird Repellent Trials in Corn Syngenta, France

Site with significant occurence of bird attack (crows)

Syngenta Results, Switzerland 2020

 

Effect of Korit and SeedForward‘s seed treatment on number of emerged plants after 6.5 weeks
Results of a plot experiment with significant bird attack with n = 4 repetitions each
variety SY Feeditop; sowing density 80 000 seeds/ha;
Control, Korit and SeedForward with base fungicide treatment Redigo M (BCS) and Vibrance FS500
Source: Syngenta Crop Protection
Sowing date: 02 Apr 2020
Date of counting emerged plants: 18 May 2020

  • Under bird attack, plots treated with SeedForward or Korit led to a higher number of plants in comparison to the control
  • On average, number of emerged plants under bird attack was similar with Korit and SeedForward`s seed treatment

Syngenta Results, Switzerland 2020

 

Source: Syngenta Crop Protection
The percentage of plants attacked by birds was reduced by over <50 % with the seed treatment of SeedForward
Sowing date: 02 Apr 2020
Date of determining attacked plants: 25 May 2020

Bird feeding trials in maize, Caussade Semences Group, trial on 11 sites in France

Results Caussade Semences, France 2020

 

Source: Caussade Semences Group
Average results from 11 different sites in France

  • On 11 sites with significant crowing pressure, between 25% and 75% of the respective plant stands were damaged.
  • On average 56 % of the control plants were damaged. In contrast, plots with SeedForward’s seed treatment were only 25% damaged.
  • On average across the 11 sites, the number of damaged plants was reduced by 50% through the use of SeedForward’s seed treatment.

Are you interested in further information on bird eating?

Here is a status quo picture of the bird feeding situation and availability of pesticides 2020/21