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Choose a Crop Protection Plan That Doesn’t Stress Out Your Soybeans

November 23, 2022
early season soybeans

Young soybeans

Creating a soybean crop protection plan that does not cause additional stress to your plants and your pockets can be challenging. It requires understanding field history and researching how products will interact with other crop protection products and under certain pressures.

Herbicides can potentially burn young, vulnerable soybeans under certain weather conditions because of their powerful active ingredients. If this is compounded by the stress that some Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) seed treatments can cause, it can set your soybean crops back and hurt your bottom line. So, what is the best plan for protecting your soybeans from weeds and diseases and helping them to emerge strong without injury or stress – no matter what the weather conditions are like?

A crop protection program with CruiserMaxx® APX seed treatment, Saltro® fungicide seed treatment and Tendovo® herbicide can help your soybeans emerge stronger, canopy quicker, limit crop injury, and protect against key pests like Pythium, Phytophthora, Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) and SDS, while controlling yield-robbing weeds. This ultimately optimizes your soybeans’ ROI potential.

Clay Koenig, a Syngenta Seedcare specialist, compared the performance of the application of an herbicide containing the active ingredients S-Metolachlor and metribuzin on soybean crops treated with CruiserMaxx APX and Saltro.

comparison of two soybean plants treated with an herbicide containing the active ingredients S-Metolachlor and metribuzin along with CruiserMaxx APX and Saltro

Planted on 5/31/22. Picture taken on  6/14/22 in New Baden, IL.; Source: Clay Koenig

“This side-by-side is a soybean treated with a competitive seed treatment and ILEVO® on the left compared to CruiserMaxx APX plus Saltro on the right. Planted the same day, they were sprayed across the rows with a herbicide containing S-Metolachlor and metribuzin,” said Koenig. “These plants (on the left) are obviously struggling to metabolize that herbicide, as well as grow through tough conditions in southern IL.”

Koenig indicates the plant color, size and root mass all show damage and notes there were many additional plant carcasses in the ILEVO-treated rows: an estimated 4,000 – 6,000 fewer plants from his stand counts. This early-season damage can have a lasting impact on potential yield and ROI.

Rather than shortchanging your field with restrictive, inflexible program bundles, unlock your full crop potential with products that are the right fit for your field’s needs. For an all-season, all-weather soybean seed treatment and herbicide program approach, we recommend protecting your beans with CruiserMaxx APX and Saltro seed treatments, then applying Tendovo as your preemergence herbicide.

  • For early-season protection: CruiserMaxx APX delivers supercharged protection against early-season insects and diseases, like Pythium and Phytophthora. It also helps soybeans start the season strong with faster speed-to-canopy, stronger roots and more uniform plant stand.
  • For SDS and SCN protection: Saltro delivers upgraded SDS protection without causing early-season plant stress. This helps soybeans emerge healthier and ultimately helps maximize their full genetic yield potential.
  • For weed control: Tendovo delivers weed control without compromise. It allows soybean growers to combat early-season weeds without sacrificing crop safety, resulting in superior potential yield and ROI at harvest. Many preemergence herbicides control weeds but also cause crop response or injury that sets soybeans back, negatively affecting yield potential. Tendovo reduces crop stress for unprecedented crop safety from a herbicide, helping soybeans achieve earlier canopy, better plant stands, healthier root mass and optimal plant populations.

Want to learn more about getting the best yield out of your field? Visit Syngenta-US.com/BetterYield to see how to get the most yield out of every seed on every acre.

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