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Soybean Seed Treatment: A Necessity in 2018

December 11, 2017
This agronomic image shows soybean seedlings.

As you begin making plans to put your soybeans into the ground, there is a lot to take into consideration: What type of disease pressures could impact my soybean crop this season? Is this likely to be a wet or dry year? Should I even consider using a seed treatment at all? When thinking about seed treatments, consider the facts:

  • A University of Iowa study revealed that fungicide seed treatments allow you to plant earlier in the season when soil may be cool and damp, while still avoiding early-season damping-off diseases, such as Pythium. Researchers have found that early planting can contribute to increased yield.
  • A 10-year study conducted by scientists at 4 universities found that soybeans treated with neonicotinoids boosted yields by 3 to 5%. This class of insecticides can control insects like soybean aphid, bean leaf beetle, grape colaspis and leafhopper.
  • The University of Wisconsin found that treated seeds could yield $17 per acre more profit than untreated seeds.

Since not all seed treatments are created equal, it’s not enough to treat your seeds with just any treatment – it’s important to select the right one. We recommend using a treatment with multiple active ingredients because of the diverse set of pathogens in the soil.  CruiserMaxx® Vibrance® Beans seed treatment, a combination of separately registered products, helps optimize root health, provides stress tolerance, and improves plant vigor for better emergence to maximize yield potential each season.

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