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Seedling Diseases Love Lingering Cold Temperatures

April 20, 2018
This agronomic image shows Snow-covered fields in Dows, IA.

Snow-covered fields in Dows, IA.

As discussed in our previous post, it’s no secret that the planting season in the Midwest is starting later than usual. Iowa State University Extension shows just how unusual this cold, wet spring is. The weather conditions have not only delayed planting, but have also created a favorable environment for seedling diseases.

With soybeans being planted late this season, early-season disease control is crucial. Seedling diseases like Pythium and Phytophthora thrive in the weather conditions the Midwest is currently experiencing. Your seed variety and seed treatment selection can help protect against early-season diseases, preserving crop quality and yield.

Soybean variety selection is one of the most important decisions a grower makes. When selecting a variety, consider maturity, yield potential, and disease and pest resistance. Many high-yielding varieties have resistance against many major soybean diseases including sudden death syndrome, brown stem rot and white mold.

In addition to selecting the correct seed variety for your operation, a high-quality seed treatment is essential to a profitable growing season. High-quality seed treatments, like CruiserMaxx® Vibrance® Beans, a combination of separately registered products, have exceptional protection against early-season diseases and pests, provide faster speed-to-canopy and optimize root health. CruiserMaxx Vibrance Beans offers the unique RootingPower of Vibrance®  fungicide and the Cruiser® Vigor Effect.

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