Syngenta unveiled its new Seedcare Institute in Stanton, Minn., during a grand opening celebration last week. More than 150 industry leaders, government officials, Syngenta customers and employees toured the 38,000 sq. ft., free-standing facility on Syngenta’s Stanton campus.
Syngenta’s Seedcare Institute features the most sophisticated laboratories in the agricultural industry and is one of the premier seed treatment research facilities in the world. Five times larger than the former Seedcare Institute formally established at Stanton in in 2000, the new structure houses:
- Research and development (R&D) labs;
- Labs for application, plantability, dust-off and quality assurance;
- Climate-controlled application and planter testing labs;
- A large-scale commercial application and performance area to simulate real-life experiences for customers;
- Modern customer classroom facilities;
- A seed warehouse, and
- Office and meeting space.
“The Syngenta Seedcare Institute in Stanton is a state-of-the-art research and training facility, offering enriched seed treatment education, better collaboration opportunities with customers, advanced training and personal application support,” said Vern Hawkins, president, Syngenta Crop Protection LLC, and region director, North America.
“This seed care facility is a prime example of the commitment Syngenta continues to make in advancing technology that not only benefits soybean producers but agriculture as a whole,” said American Soybean Assn. chairman and Texas farmer Wade Cowan, who attended the grand opening.
Syngenta invests more than $1.36 billion per year in R&D globally, or $3.7 million every day.
“Syngenta’s $20 million investment in seed treatment R&D at Stanton reinforces our commitment to helping farmers grow more while using fewer resources and protecting the environment — today and tomorrow,” Hawkins said.
Seed treatment is a valuable and effective tool for farmers. With seed treatment, a chemical or biological substance — typically a fungicide, insecticide or nematicide — is applied in small and precise amounts to the outside of the seed prior to planting. Seed treatment helps protect the seed and seedling against early-season insect pests and diseases that reside in the soil. It also helps the plant get off to a healthy start and develop a strong root system — the foundation of a strong, productive plant.
Syngenta’s Seedcare Institute in Stanton tailors seed treatment recipes for individual customers and then scales up the recipes from the lab to commercial size. Syngenta can simulate various climate conditions at the time of treatment and adjust recipes for different crops and seed treating equipment.
The new Seedcare Institute will allow Syngenta to meet the increasing demand from farmers and seed companies to protect high-value seeds and seed traits. Seed treatment in North America accounts for more than 30% of the global market. Syngenta said its Stanton campus provides an ideal spot for the Seedcare Institute in North America, as it houses Syngenta’s main corn breeding research station, is close to the majority of U.S. corn and soybean acres as well as many Syngenta customers and is convenient to the Minneapolis, Minn., airport.