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Grow More Experience Site Prevails Over Pests

September 14, 2016

This season, growers in the Red River Valley have been battling Rhizoctonia in sugarbeets and soybean cyst nematode (SCN) in soybeans. Fortunately, crop management solutions are being showcased at the Glyndon Grow More™ Experience site in western Minnesota.


Sugarbeet trials tested the performance of seed varieties and seed treatments against devastating diseases like Rhizoctonia and Aphanomyces, which often go hand-in-hand. Hilleshog® brand sugarbeet seeds demonstrated the strength of their genetic tolerance to both diseases. To enhance and expand disease and insect protection, all varieties were treated with CruiserMaxx® Sugarbeets seed treatment insecticide/fungicide, a combination of separately registered products, and Vibrance® seed treatment fungicide. As the photos below show, CruiserMaxx Sugarbeets and Vibrance helped produce greener leaves with invaluable chlorophyll that helps accumulate every point of sugar.


From the photos above, you can see how well CruiserMaxx Sugarbeets and Vibrance seed treatments with Inspire® XT fungicide (right) controls Cercospora leaf spot (left) compared to untreated sugarbeets (left).


Five years ago, Red River Valley growers typically didn’t view SCN as a threat because soybean seed genetic tolerance was sufficient. However, this pest has become increasingly challenging. Many growers now use Clariva® Complete Beans seed treatment nematicide/insecticide/fungicide, a combination of separately registered products, as a solution. As demonstrated at the Glyndon Grow More Experience site, Clariva Complete Beans also helps promote early plant growth, therefore enabling soybeans to have a better chance of outgrowing weeds in the race to canopy. With lethal, season-long protection against SCN, Clariva Complete Beans has also shown an average national yield increase of 2.6 bushels per acre (bu/A) compared to an insecticide/fungicide seed treatment alone.

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