Seed Companies

As a seed company or seed retailer, you might be aware that farmers, growers and/or producers are increasingly affected by the rising level of bird damage to planted corn and other seeds. This is causing loss of corn crop yield and spelling financial disaster for some growers.

Corn growers can put themselves in position to maximize profits when they use the corn seed treatment Avipel. Avipel is a nonlethal, nontoxic and nonsystemic solution that is made from an organic plant-based chemical. When growers apply Avipel on their corn seed, they will reap the benefits of having bigger corn crop yields on their farms.

A Bird-Repellent Seed Designed Specifically for Seed Companies

Thousands of corn growers and their fields across the United States are negatively impacted by bird damage. Corn growers look to seed companies and seed retailers for solutions.

Avipel has been shown to prevent numerous bird species from eating corn seeds. Our product has been successful in keeping blackbirds, boat-tailed grackles, crows, European starlings, grackles, pheasants, red-wing blackbirds, ring-neck pheasants, sandhill cranes, starlings and turkeys largely at bay.

Avipel is sold to seed companies as a liquid application and dry application.

Seed Companies Along With Growers Prefer Avipel Corn Seed Treatment

A growing number of seed companies as well as corn growers across America are turning to Avipel to help prevent bird damage and poor crop yield. This natural bird repellent is very effective in protecting corn seed. Avipel is also safe, as it’s nonsystemic to corn, nonlethal to birds and nontoxic to plants and fish.

Avipel is endorsed by the International Crane Foundation and leads to no groundwater contamination, keeping growers’ aquifers and wells safe. Avipel has been shown to cause no side effects that could be costly.

Avipel’s Active Ingredient Is AQ

Avipel’s active ingredient is 9,10-anthraquinone (AQ), which is a natural organic chemical found in several plant species, from aloe vera to rhubarb.

Avipel triggers a reaction in birds’ guts when birds eat treated corn seeds without causing any harm. Affected birds and their flocks quickly learn to steer clear of Avipel-treated seeds and start looking for other nourishment sources. All the while, growers’ cornfields will remain fully protected.

Avipel is active during a period extending as long as 30 days in which seed kernel remnants remain as a food source.

How Can I Buy Avipel?

Avipel is sold by local agriculture retailers and corn seed suppliers in the following states.

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Contact your local Avipel representative to learn more.

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Some States Have Monitored Bird Damage on Farms

A handful of states have closely monitored changes in bird damage to farm fields. Wisconsin experts observed a direct correlation between increased corn field damage due to cranes with the loss of lindane from use as an insecticide treatment, for example. Crane populations are increasing as a result of aggressive restoration of breeding flocks and habitat.

Cranes are now back in freshly planted Wisconsin corn fields that are located a maximum of 1½ kilometers of a wetland where reports of 20 percent or more of the crop is destroyed. Of the 3½ million acres of corn planted in Wisconsin, 2.7 million acres are within cranes’ potential feeding range.

Juvenile and subadult cranes feed heavily on fields in the early morning and early evening.

South Dakota is grappling with a pheasant population that is soaring after habitat restoration efforts were successful. The cropland reserve program has set aside significant land areas adjacent to corn fields. Cover and nesting sites have been provided in the process, and with the loss of lindane and measurol, an effective way to keep planted corn seed off pheasants’ radar no longer exists.

Early spring offers birds little in the way of dietary diversity, and the liquid starch nestled within corn seed is vital to birds’ reproductive health. About 20 percent of South Dakota’s cornfields had noticeable bird damage in 2008 that could vary from 5 percent to even more than 50 percent stand loss. Replanting in the Dakotas can be a gamble, thanks to its short season. The economic impact of reduced stand is compounded by the need for extra weed control along with crop yield loss.

Mississippi, meanwhile, has boosted corn acreage significantly in recent years while sacrificing cotton. With more than 750,000 acres in corn, migrating blackbirds, grackles, crows and cowbirds have found corn seed to be a highly magnetizing starch source for the energy needed during their northern migration. The narrow planting window in the Delta region is timed just right for the spring migration, with losses caused by bird damage estimated to be significant.

Twenty-five percent of planted corn is experiencing between 10 and 15 percent stand loss, and 5 percent of corn is experiencing greater than 25 percent stand loss. Tillage practices along with a short planting period work against any replanting efforts in Mississippi. Thus, crop yield is negatively affected. Increased weed control adds to the input cost of fields experiencing bird depredation.

Loss Summaries for Representative States 2008–2009

State Bird Species Affected Acres Percentage Stand Loss Percentage Replant Cost Per Acre
Mississippi Blackbird, Cowbird, Crow, Grackle, Starling 25%


10 to 15%


$100 to $120
South Dakota Pheasant 15 to 20% 8 to 10% $50
Wisconsin Crane 74% 5 to 20% $50

Avipel Is Developed by Arkion Life Sciences, a Leader in Creating Bird-Repellency Products

Avipel is produced by Arkion Life Sciences, a company that has researched and developed bird repellency products for more than a decade. USDA and other organizations’ studies of Avipel have demonstrated the corn seed treatment’s efficient protection of corn seed.

Find out More About Avipel

Seed companies and seed retailers wanting to discover more about Avipel can review application guides, independent research studies, USDA state-specific labels and other information.

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“I have been using Avipel for the first time this year and last year we had sand hill cranes that completely destroyed over half of our field, and this year they haven’t touched it. So it’s been working awesome so far.”

Avipel® Seed Treatment

  • Protects corn seed from birds taking plants from the row
  • Low cost per acre
  • Insures your seed investment from bird loss

How It Works

Anthraquinone (AQ) is the active ingredient in Avipel. Studies have demonstrated that 9, 10 anthraquinone (AQ) is an effective and non-toxic bird repellant. AQ and its derivatives are found in plants and is thought to affect birds as a gut irritant.

Although Avipel is technically a pesticide in that it repels a pest (birds), it is important to remember that it has no toxic properties.

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