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Soybean root health should be top of mind

April 22, 2016

Because roots are out of sight, they’re often out of mind. An estimated 80 percent of all plant struggles start with soil or root problems. Soilborne plant pathogens and below-ground insects threaten healthy root structures. On top of that, a crop with a damaged root system that’s under stress can have further difficulty taking up water and nutrients. The result is reduced plant growth, significant crop damage and yield loss.

Because of this, it’s important for growers to take a proactive approach to producing soybean crops with stronger, healthier roots that lead to improved crop performance under a wide range of conditions. How? By choosing a seed treatment that can help enhance rooting power and protect the crop from pests. Visit the Syngenta Tools to Grow More Soybeans for more information about specific early-season pests.

CruiserMaxx® Beans with Vibrance® seed treatment, a combination of separately registered products, offers soybean growers a unique advantage through its ability to ensure optimal root health thanks to ideal soil mobility, long-lasting performance and superior disease protection. The Vibrance fungicide component optimizes root health through best-in-class Rhizoctonia protection and increases the potential for a larger root surface area with more root tips and forks to allow for more efficient water and nutrient uptake.

effect of soybeans on root systems

As pictured, soybeans treated with CruiserMaxx Beans with Vibrance (right) showed larger root systems and better early growth and development compared to untreated soybeans (left). Stronger, healthier roots lead to increased productivity and nutrient uptake, ultimately helping to grow more soybeans.

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