Beginning in November, the seed treatment facilities at Thresher’s Blackfoot and Idaho Falls plants will be obtaining an upgrade. The construction process is estimated to take two weeks, followed by one full day of training at each location by equipment representatives. Once completed, Thresher will have two state-of-the-art seed treatment lines with industry leading-quality, accuracy, efficiency and worker safety.
Thresher’s seed sales manager, Brett Wilken, learned of the new automated NOVO Mix System and knew it would benefit Thresher and area growers. The NOVO system is an automated hands-free mixing system that will substantially increase seed treatment accuracy and take away the chance of human error while mixing seed treatment batches. Seed treatments are very expensive and typically run between $150–$600 per gallon. Even slight errors have large impacts. Measuring and applying chemicals at rates down to 1/10 of an ounce per hundred pounds of seed makes accuracy very important. Thresher doesn’t want to overapply, and farmers want to make sure they are getting what they paid for. The NOVO system will generate a report detailing the pounds of seed treated and the amount of seed treatment used. This will verify for farmers that they are getting what they paid for.
Seed treatment speed will also be increased at both locations as part of the upgrade. Our older USC seed treaters will be replaced with USC LPV HI Capacity seed treaters, with capacity up to 3,000 lbs. per minute. Blackfoot currently treats seed at 1,300 lbs. per minute. After the upgrade, we are targeting 2,500 lbs. per minute. Idaho Falls treats at 2,000 lbs. per minute. After the upgrade, we will be striving for 2,500–3,000 lbs. per minute. This will improve turnaround times to and from the field and reduce loading times at these locations.
Syngenta partnered with Thresher back in 2010 to bring in the first new seed treatment system since 1970. Therefore, Thresher looked again to partner with a quality company like Syngenta to make this upgrade a reality. Syngenta District Seedcare Specialist Tony Severa states, “We at Syngenta are proud to have a working partnership with Agspring (Thresher Artisan Wheat). Our companies have some similar values of customer focus, innovation and one of the closely held values, quality. This is why we at Syngenta have teamed with Thresher Artisan Wheat to help with their Seedcare equipment needs to ensure each grower is receiving a quality end-use product. This starts with certified clean seed, industry-leading Seedcare products like our Cruisermaxx .33 and Vibrance Extreme, and uniform seed coverage with the newest and best seed treating equipment. We at Syngenta work hard for Thresher Artisan’s business and truly appreciate the level of commitment to quality they bring to the industry.”