As the seed treatment market grows, so do pesticide concerns
Many of the seeds being planted around Minnesota today are treated with chemicals to protect them as they grow.
Syngenta, one of the top pesticide companies in the world and the global leader in the treated seed market, has a seed research facility about an hour south of the Twin Cities near the tiny community of Stanton.
Ravi Ramachandran, who heads the Syngenta Seedcare Institute, says about 75 scientists work there developing and testing seeds and seed coatings.
"And in fact this institute is probably the most sophisticated research center for seed treatment technology in the industry if not around the world," he said
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