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Set a Foundation for SDS Protection and Weed Management

February 19, 2020
This agronomic image shows emerging soybeans

Soybeans at emergence.

No matter what weather and planting conditions you face in 2020, we know your goal is to do everything possible to maximize your soybean yield potential. As you finalize your input decisions, you may want to consider how your seed treatment choice could impact your weed management program, and ultimately, your yield potential.

The Iowa State University Extension says weeds can hurt yield potential as soon as they begin to steal light, water and nutrients from the crop. Choosing a seed treatment that helps establish a strong plant stand early and accelerates canopy closure could help reduce competition from weeds in this critical period.

Beyond impacting plant stands and vigor, your seed treatment selection could also impact your herbicide choice later in the season. Some seed treatments can cause early-season plant stress, and with ever-earlier planting, ever-increasingly potent herbicide programs, and ever-more erratic weather, your soybeans are under enough stress as it is. Choosing an option that doesn’t add stress to seedlings above or below ground can make a drastic difference at harvest.

Your Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) seed treatment shouldn’t be another factor adding stress to your soybeans and limiting your weed management program. Saltro® fungicide seed treatment delivers superior SDS protection without causing early-season plant stress. Reduced stress helps soybeans achieve better plant stands, larger and healthier root mass, and increased yield. With more power to protect against the cause of SDS than older seed treatments, and with less stress, Saltro will help soybeans start and finish 2020 stronger.

In addition to using a powerful seed treatment like Saltro for your soybeans, you should also plan ahead for your weed management program this season with overlapping residuals. A burndown of Gramoxone® SL 3.0 herbicide followed by a preemergence application of Boundary® 6.5 EC, BroadAxe® XC or Prefix® herbicides can help manage weeds at the start of the season. In dicamba-tolerant soybeans, Tavium® Plus VaporGrip® Technology herbicide can be applied early post-emergence.

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