Feb 25 2021

Protect seed health before drilling

Protect seed health before drilling

A new phytohormone biostimulant seed treatment from Interagro could help cereal growers boost growth and development after trials have proven its ability to consistently improve seed health and yields. With the best start essential to maximise seed potential, Newton is a valuable new tool in the crop production toolbox to protect seed health before drilling.

Giving crops the best start is essential to maximise seed potential and crucial for efficient and profitable crop production – particularly when you consider the less-than-optimal growing conditions that can so often coincide with seed germination and early establishment. Plants require extra attention in those first critical weeks to maximise their competitive nature and protect yield and quality potential. 

Newton is a novel and revolutionary naturally-sourced organic biostimulant seed treatment designed to help get winter and spring cereals up and away as quickly as possible. Newton stimulates germination and emergence, improves root and shoot growth, and promotes resilience to abiotic stress, leading to enhanced vigour, improved crop establishment and better tolerance to stress from the get-go.

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Importance of seed health:

  • Poor germination impacts vigour
  • Poor root and shoot growth lead to poor establishment
  • Abiotic stress compromises growth

Poor germination impacts vigour

Seed germination is one of the most vital steps in plant development and a key determinant for plant productivity. Rapid seed germination and uniformity in emergence are crucial for healthy, vigorous seedlings that grow on to become fit, high-yielding crops. But good germination and early seedling growth relies on getting the most from stored energy reserves of carbohydrates and proteins that live inside the seed, as well as access to the enzymes that trigger growth. This isn’t always as straightforward as it sounds. Low soil temperatures, limited moisture, and low energy reserves caused by poor nutrition in the previous crop can all delay seedling germination and emergence, leading to poor crop vigour in the long term.

Poor root & shoot growth reduce establishment

Plant emergence and establishment are the starting points of crop growth and will set the pace for how it performs later in life. After germination, seedlings have to produce the energy they need by taking in light through their leaves to be used in photosynthesis, as well as nutrients and water from the soil through their roots. Poor shoot growth will slow photosynthesis causing energy production to grind to a halt. Below the surface a poor root system stops the plant getting access to critical water and nutrients. After germination it is vital young seedlings are not allowed to dry out. Where conditions are dry a strong root system becomes even more important as crops need to pull up moisture from depth and this is where a good seed treatment biostimulant could be extremely beneficial.

Abiotic stress compromises growth

The exposure of seeds to abiotic stress can result in lower seed viability, reduced germination and poor seedling establishment that will lead to poor growth and compromise yield and quality potential down the road. Abiotic stress can reduce crop yield by as much as 70%. A good biostimulant seed treatment can help to optimise seed health right before drilling – the best time in the growing season to protect genetic yield potential.

Maximise seed potential with Newton seed treatment

Containing a new and unique blend of crucial signalling peptides and organic nitrogen, Newton helps winter and spring cereals get up and away as quickly as possible, the natural way. Approved for use in organic crops by Organic Farmers & Growers and in conventional farming systems, Newton helps waken dormant seed, prompt growth and development, and trigger stress defence mechanisms to help young seedlings acclimatise to changes in environmental conditions in order to maximise potential.


Protect seed health before drilling


2 days faster & higher emergence

The effect of Newton on speed of germination was researched at the University of Nottingham. At 7oC Newton treated seed germinated 2 days faster than naked seed and was 1.5 days faster than Vibrance Duo treated seed. See more on the results here.

Field trials have also shown:

  • Faster germination
  • Higher emergence
  • Increased number of plants per sqm

Protect seed health before drilling


Protect seed health before drilling


Among the best on rooting

  • Improved establishment on farm
  • Average +43% rooting, +22% shoot growth 
  • Excellent improvements in rooting over competitors – find out more here

Stress protection, higher yields

  • Improved plant health leading to higher yields on farm
  • Keith Challen of Belvoir Farming Company in Grantham has seen consistent yield increases in winter and spring cereals as a result of treating seed with Newton.

Protect seed health before drilling


Your root to improved seed health

Download your copy of our Newton guide to maximise seed potential

Download your copy of our Newton cereal guide here, where you can learn more about Newton and how it’s been performing in the field.

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