Ag Growth International Inc. (AGI) and Bayer CropScience Inc. have entered into an agreement for the development and distribution of a state-of-the-art on-farm seed treater for the North American market.
Bayer CropScience’s SeedGrowth proprietary technology for precision application of seed treatments in cereal and specialty crops combined with Ag Growth International’s expertise in grain handling equipment is a natural fit for an integrated innovation in seed treatment equipment.
The new seed treater offers electronic controls, a metering conveyor and peristaltic metering pumps to ensure that the seed treatment is accurately applied. The seed treatment market continues to grow in North America and the seed treater was developed to fill a void in precision on-farm seed treatment application equipment.
“We believe that future advances in crop production will come from seed development or from the seed technologies,” explains Brent Collins, Director of Cereals Marketing for Bayer CropScience Inc. in Canada. “Working with AGI, the industry leader in portable grain handling equipment, will help us bring SeedGrowth technologies to growers and will enable them to accurately apply seed treatment and maximize their returns.”
The launch in Canada through a co-marketing agreement between Ag Growth International and Bayer CropScience Inc. is planned for 2013. Demonstration units will be available in the New Year and the commercial units will be available for sale in the fall of 2013 for the 2014 seed treatment season.
“We are excited to be partnering with Bayer CropScience on this new technology in seed treatment equipment. We look forward to product demonstrations this coming spring and a full product launch in the fall of 2013,” stated AGI President & CEO, Gary Anderson.
About Ag Growth International: Ag Growth International (AGI) is a leading manufacturer of portable and stationary grain handling, storage and conditioning equipment including augers, belt conveyors, grain storage bins, grain handling accessories, grain aeration equipment and grain drying systems. Ag Growth has eleven manufacturing facilities in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Finland, and its sales, marketing and distribution system distributes products in 48 states, nine provinces, and internationally. For more information regarding AGI please visit www.aggrowth.com.
About Bayer CropScience: Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience AG, a subsidiary of Bayer AG with annual sales of about EUR 7,255 million in 2011, is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and plant biotechnology. The company offers an outstanding range of products and extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture and for non-agricultural applications. Bayer CropScience has a global workforce of about 21,000 and is represented in more than 120 countries. Further information on Bayer CropScience Canada is available at www.bayercropscience.ca.