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New SDS Seed Treatment Performs in the Field

September 12, 2019

Valmeyer, IL; May, 2019.

As a top yield-robbing soybean disease across the U.S., Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) causes annual losses of more than 25 million bushels. Yield loss from SDS is particularly devastating because it strikes without warning. The causal pathogen, Fusarium virguliforme, infects plants early in the season, but symptoms don’t show until after flowering, when it’s too late for effective management. If you tried to protect your soybeans from SDS in the past, you had limited choices — until now.

Saltro® fungicide seed treatment recently received federal registration from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with state registrations anticipated shortly. A research trial in Valmeyer, IL, provides proof of the performance you can expect from Saltro in 2020 and beyond.

Better Protection Without Stress Above or Below Ground

The Valmeyer research demo offers a firsthand look at how seed treatments compare when it comes to above and below ground stress. Soybeans were treated with CruiserMaxx® Vibrance® seed treatment plus Saltro and CruiserMaxx Vibrance plus ILeVO® seed treatment.

When comparing the effects of seed treatments above ground in the trial, you can see healthier plants and more consistent growth with Saltro. The photo below shows Saltro-treated soybeans have visibly better established plant stands and plant-to-plant uniformity.

This agronomic image shows soybean plants treated wth CruiserMaxx® Vibrance® plus Saltro

CruiserMaxx Vibrance seed treatment plus Saltro.

This agronomic image shows soybeans treated with CruiserMaxx Vibrance plus ILeVO®.

CruiserMaxx Vibrance plus ILeVO seed treatment.

Although soybeans can outgrow early-season above ground plant stress, they may never fully recover from below ground stress. Root damage has a lasting impact on yield potential because it hinders water and nutrient absorption during the reproductive stage. Digging up plants at Valmeyer reveals that soybeans treated with Saltro have significantly greater and healthier root mass.

CruiserMaxx Vibrance seed treatment plus Saltro (left) and CruiserMaxx Vibrance plus ILeVO seed treatment (right).

By delivering superior SDS protection without the stress above or below ground, Saltro enables soybeans to more fully realize their full genetic yield potential. Across 3 years of trials, soybeans under heavy SDS pressure treated with Saltro yielded a statistically significant 3 bushels per acre (bu/A) more than soybeans treated with ILeVO[1].

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[1] Includes locations that exhibited 20% SDS incidence or more as measured by a local scientist. Syngenta Seedcare trials, 2015-2017, trial locations: AR, IL, IA, KY, MI, MN, TN, WI (a=0.1).