Syngenta Seed Care Expands Two Facilities
It’s been a busy week for Syngenta’s seed care business.
On Tuesday the company broke ground on a $20 million expansion on its Syngenta North America Seedcare Institute in Stanton, Minn., and yesterday, after a $11.2 million expansion, the company held a grand reopening for its research and development and seed production facility in Woodland Calif.
According to the company, the Woodland location is home to important cereals, corn and vegetable R&D, and vegetable seed production and it focuses on cucurbits.
“Agriculture is a source of stability and strength in the California economy,” Houston said. “That’s why private investments in research and development, like the one we are celebrating here today, are so important. With 80,500 farms and ranches, California agriculture is a $46.4 billion dollar industry that generates at least $100 billion in related economic activity. This enormous achievement is possible through a combination of tradition and innovation that has secured California’s status as the most productive agricultural state for more than 50 years, thanks to communities like Woodland and companies like Syngenta.”
The Syngenta North America Seedcare Institute expansion will house high-tech laboratories for R&D, treating, plantability, dust-off and quality assurance, a scale-up treating area, a treating equipment performance area to simulate real-life experiences for customers, state-of-the-art training facility, seed warehouse as well as office and meeting space.
Seed treatment is a chemical or biological substance, typically a fungicide or insecticide, applied in small and precise amounts to the outside of the seed prior to planting. It helps protect the seed from insects and diseases that reside in the soil so it gets off to a strong, healthy start. And it aids in the development of a strong root system — the foundation of a healthy, productive plant.
“This expansion in Stanton further underscores Syngenta’s investment in innovation and commitment to our Seedcare customers,” said Tim Kroenke, head of Syngenta’s Seedcare business in North America. “This is an exciting time in the seed treatment industry, the Stanton community, and the state of Minnesota.”