This weeks Artifact of the Week is a bottle of Panogen 15 Liquid Seed Treatment from 1962 that was found in the Agriculture Building.
Panogen 15 is made of the chemical compound Methylmercuric dicyanamide and was used as a fungicide and seed treatment for cereal crops, cotton, flax, and sorghum.
The container contained one imperial gallon of seed treatment (160 fluid ounces) and claimed to treat 213 bushels of cereal seeds. It was recommended for the control of diseased caused by organisms carried on the seed. This seed treatment was used to help prevent or control a number of diseases that infected seeds including: wheat bunt, oat smut, oat blight, covers and black loose barley smut, barley stripe, root rot and scab of cereals, and seedling blight of flax. The container provides in-depth directions on how to use the treatment as well as how to store and label treated seeds.
While researching the Panogen 15 seed treatment, one of the summer students found an article on the 50 year celebration of the Three Hills & District Seed Cleaning Plant. The story has been attached below.
Come to the museum to check out all our amazing artifacts, including this weeks artifact of the week.