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Greater Risk and Reward with Early Planting

June 14, 2021
young soybean plant

Soybean seedling emerging

This year, soybeans are going into the soil quicker than usual – more than 10% quicker to be precise.

On June 6, the USDA reported 90% of soybeans across 18 states have been planted, compared to the 2016-2020 average of 79%. While earlier planting can lead to higher yield potential, it can also mean a higher risk of disease development as you plant into cool, wet soils.

No matter when your soybeans are planted, make sure you have a plan to protect them against both seedling and foliar diseases.

Seedling Diseases

Soybean seedling diseases are a common and significant problem throughout most of the Midwest, especially in vulnerable, early-planted soybeans. The University of Minnesota Extension says early-season diseases like Pythium and Phytophthora can attack soybean seedlings before the plants even emerge, resulting in replanting and production losses.

To protect your young soybeans from these yield threats, you need a powerful seed treatment to help your crop emerge quickly, evenly and strong. While you may have already treated your soybean seeds this season, keep these recommendations in mind for 2022.

Offering powerful protection against early-season insects and diseases, CruiserMaxx® Vibrance®  seed treatment optimizes root health, stress tolerance and plant vigor to help soybeans start the season strong.

For protection against Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS), upgrade to Saltro® fungicide seed treatment. Saltro delivers upgraded SDS protection, robust nematode activity and higher potential yield – all without early-season stress. On average, under SDS pressure, Saltro delivers a 4 bushel-per-acre yield advantage over ILEVO®*.

Saltro combined with CruiserMaxx Vibrance offers the best protection available for early‐season insects, diseases and nematodes to help you start the season strong at emergence and yield strong at harvest. And after you upgrade your SDS protection, join the Saltro Upgrade Challenge to see what other upgrades you could earn this season.

Foliar Diseases

Once planting is complete, make sure you stay ahead of foliar diseases that may soon begin to appear in your fields, like white mold.

Early planting, narrow row width and high plant populations can increase your risk of white mold development, according to The Crop Protection Network.  South Dakota State University researchers say this disease can cause yield losses of more than 40% depending on the crop’s growth stage. To stay ahead of white mold, be sure to scout early and often. And, plan ahead for a preventive fungicide application.

We recommend applying Miravis® Neo fungicide to protect against white mold. Powered by Adepidyn® technology – one of the highest-performing SDHI modes of action available – Miravis Neo suppresses white mold and protects against other key soybean diseases. With superior disease control and added plant-health benefits, Miravis Neo helps deliver more bushels more often. See how Miravis Neo has performed in trials near you at BoostYourBushels.com.

When you make your disease management plans, keep agronomics and your profitability goal in mind. Instead of committing to a season-long deal that may limit your choices, make sure you’re getting the most ROI potential out of your input options. With upgraded SDS protection from Saltro and broader spectrum disease control from Miravis Neo, the math will show that better yield is the better deal for your soybeans.

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Product performance assumes disease presence. Performance assessments are based upon results or analysis of public information, field observations and/or Syngenta evaluations. Trials reflect treatment rates commonly recommended in the marketplace.

*U.S. trials with SDS pressure; 2015 – 2019. Trial locations: AR, IL, IA, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, TN, WI. Trials with significantly different disease incidence/severity rating between Check and SDS treatment.

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