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Protecting Soybean Pods and Yield at Dixon, IL Grow More Experience Site

October 3, 2020

5-plant comparison of Saltro®treated soybeans (left) and ILEVO®-treated soybeans (right)

Throughout the season, you make tough decisions and work hard to keep your soybeans healthy and get the most ROI at harvest. If your field is infected with Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS), all that hard work can disappear when foliar symptoms appear after flowering. To protect your crop from defoliation, pod loss and yield impact, you need a powerful line of defense.

As you finish harvest and plan for next season, consider these tactics to get ahead of SDS in 2021:

  • Rotate crops.
  • Plant fields without a history of SDS first.
    • Growers should plant fields with a history of SDS later, because young soybeans are more susceptible to infection in the cool, wet conditions of early planting.
  • Test soil for soybean cyst nematode (SCN).
    • SCN root feeding allows the SDS pathogen to more easily enter the roots and infect the plant, leaving soybeans more vulnerable to infection.
  • Plant SDS- and SCN-resistant varieties.
  • Use an SDS seed treatment in combination with SDS-resistant varieties.
    • With the right seed treatment protecting soybeans from early infection, you can significantly reduce the risk of late-season expression of SDS.

Our Dixon, IL Grow More™ Experience site trials offer a firsthand look at different SDS seed treatments. Kevin Scholl, agronomic service representative, talks through a comparison of Saltro fungicide seed treatment and ILEVO to help growers prepare for 2021.

To protect your yield potential, you need a seed treatment that protects soybeans early in the season and sets the foundation for late-season success. In this comparison with ILEVO, Saltro helped establish greater root mass, more branching and higher pod count with larger pods.

In the below trial, Saltro-treated soybeans had 268 pods, and ILEVO-treated soybeans had 214 pods. At the end of the year, every pod counts toward yield, and Saltro can help your soybeans achieve their maximum yield potential.

This agronomic image shows soybean pod comparisons

Grow More Experience site at Dixon, IL trial comparing pod counts

Left: Saltro + CruiserMaxx® Vibrance® seed treatment Right: ILEVO® + Acceleron® seed treatment

Saltro delivers superiors SDS protection without causing early season stress and offers robust nematode activity. Better SDS protection combined with no early-season stress means higher potential yield. On average, under SDS pressure, Saltro delivers a 4 bushel-per-acre yield advantage over ILEVO*.

Work with your local agronomist or Syngenta sales representative to upgrade your SDS protection for the 2021 season.

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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.

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*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.