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Less Plant Stress Means Higher Potential Soybean Yield

March 25, 2021
This agronomic image compares soybean roots

A soybean root comparison in Dixon, IL.

Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) can cause yield reductions of up to 50% in heavily infected soybean fields. For years, the only tool available to fight SDS caused early-season plant stress like phytotoxicity, stunting, reduced plant stands, susceptibility to pests or weather and reduced plant growth above and below ground.

A 2020 trial at our Dixon, IL Grow More™ Experience site showed the difference Saltro® fungicide seed treatment makes with superior SDS protection minus the plant stress. The video below compares the performance of Saltro + CruiserMaxx® Vibrance® seed treatments vs. ILEVO® + Acceleron® seed treatments.

The early-season benefits of Saltro include larger root mass, better plant stands and quicker speed-to-canopy. The benefit of stronger roots is particularly important, because while plants may be able to overcome above ground stress, early-season root damage has a lasting yield impact. Without maximum root mass to absorb water and nutrients during the reproductive stage, soybeans may not reach their full genetic yield potential, especially in drought conditions.

As the video shows, the higher number of pods on the Saltro-treated soybeans are a positive indication for potential yield.  Syngenta trials have shown Saltro delivers an average 4+ bushel per acre yield increase over ILEVO under SDS pressure.1

Saltro has more power than older technologies to protect against the cause of SDS, Fusarium virguliforme. It also offers robust protection against other troublesome pests like soybean cyst, root knot, reniform, lesion and lance nematodes. Talk to your Syngenta sales representative about upgrading to Saltro this season.

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1 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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