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Plant Stress: It’s Not Always What You Think

March 13, 2021
This agronomic image shows Young soybean seedlings

Young soybean seedlings

Plant stress can look different throughout the course of a season. When you try to protect against Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) with ILEVO® seed treatment, you may initially notice plant stress show up as phytotoxic burns on young seedlings. As the plants grow, they may begin to show other signs of stress, like a weaker stand or a less-full appearance compared to healthier plants.

A trial at our Sheridan, IN Grow More™ Experience site compared Saltro® + CruiserMaxx® Vibrance® seed treatments to ILEVO + Acceleron® seed treatments. Unlike ILEVO, Saltro provided improved SDS protection without the early-season stress. As you can see in the video below, comparing the 2 treatments throughout the season gives a clear picture of how plant stress affects soybeans at different points in time.

Plant stress can take many forms, including phytotoxicity, stunting, reduced plant stands, susceptibility to pests or weather and reduced plant growth above and below ground. While your soybeans can outgrow the side effects above ground, they may not fully recover from the less visible consequences of stress affecting the roots below the soil.

If your soybean plants don’t have maximum root mass to absorb water and nutrients during the reproductive stage, they may not reach their full genetic yield potential, especially in drought conditions. So, by providing superior SDS protection and not adding more stress to seedlings during this crucial stage, Saltro helps soybeans reach their full yield potential. Syngenta trials show that Saltro provides a +4 bu/A yield improvement over ILEVO, under SDS pressure1.

Saltro offers other important benefits like robust nematode activity and protection against many species including, soybean cyst, root knot, reniform and lesion. Visit WhySaltro.com to see how Saltro performed near you.

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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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