As part of a grain industry effort, the National Corn Growers Association reminds growers to properly handle and dispose of unused seed as corn planting wraps up for 2008.
Farmers are reminded that unused seed is not to be mixed with commodity grain.
The vast majority of seed corn is treated with one pesticide or another prior to planting. The Food and Drug Administration considers mixing pesticide-treated seed in commodity shipments as adulterated grain, and may take enforcement actions against processed food or feed products that contain seed corn treated with pesticides.
There have also been recent incidences of treated seed showing up in export channels, leading to trade disruptions. Corn growers are encouraged to contact the seed dealers and representatives if they have any questions about safe disposal methods.