The potential of one's crop starts long before the seed is even planted in the ground. How seed is harvested, dried, stored and treated before planting all make an impact in that seed’s ability to perform best in the soil it is planted in.
Although seed treatment packages have been around for some time, the agriculture industry is constantly researching and testing new treatments to protect your crop – starting at the seed.
As the weather allows, farmers continue to creep into the fields earlier and earlier each year with their planters. Farmers risk planting early into cold wet soils to maximize the amount of sunlight the plants are exposed to and drive those high yield potentials. Cold wet soils are often associated with early season pests and diseases.
We've seen that longer growing seasons in soybeans results in higher yielding crops at harvest, thus the importance of planting our soybean crops as timely as possible.
Farmers who use a high-quality broad-spectrum seed treatment package can help protect their soybeans from harsh weather conditions we often expose early planted soybeans to. By adding a seed treatment package to your soybeans, you will receive better germination rates and protect your seed from early pests and diseases.
But what is really in that seed treatment? Oftentimes there is a mix of fungicides and insecticides. Let’s dive into how the right seed treatment package can maximize bushels for your farm operation!
Fungicides on Treated Seed
Seed treatments we use today are hand-selected by Dr. Jake Vossenkemper and a team of experts to try and protect soybeans from an array of diseases we combat in the spring. Without a crystal ball, we are unsure of which disease could show up, and using a broad-spectrum seed treatment can mitigate the risk from different diseases present.
Currently, our most popular seed treatment has four fungicides that boost protection against Fusarium, Rhizoctonia, Pythium, Phytophthora and other yield robbing seedling diseases. It also has a 5th component from a fungicide, to help give extra protection against Fusarium, early on.
We recommend adding Ilevo® Seed Treatment to this strong seed treatment package to protect against Sudden Death Syndrome and Soybean Cyst Nematodes (SCN). Today SCN is the #1 yield robber in soybeans, and on average loses 1.5bu/ac, across the 12 most northern states. Learn more about Soybean Cyst Nematodes here!
Insecticides on Treated Seed
Seed Corn Maggots and Bean Leaf Beetles are two popular insects we often see in early spring planted fields throughout Northeast Iowa and Northwest Illinois’ fields. Seed Corn Maggots burrow through the seed corn and affect the germination. Bean Leaf Beetles chew on leaves and can potentially infect crops with Bean Pod Mottle Virus. This virus can cause yield damage and seed discoloration. Using soybean seed treatments can ward off these insects along with others and protect yield from an early start.
What to look for in your corn seed treatment package:
If you are finding secondary insect pests such as wire worm, grape colaspis and true white grub in your fields, it may be beneficial to consider up-treating your seedcorn with Poncho® 1250. One of the many benefits of up-treating your seed with Poncho® 1250 is you don’t have to worry about applying an in-furrow insecticide or granular insecticide to combat these insect pests. Don’t wait though! Most companies require you to order higher rates of seed treatment early and most companies have cut off dates. Check with your Liqui-Grow Sales Applicator to learn more!
Here to Help You Choose
Determining the best seed treatment package for your operation can be a stressful task. Lean on your local Liqui-Grow Sales Rep to help you determine the best seed treatment package for your operation. We test a variety of seed treatments on the market and ensure our customers are receiving quality products that will get the job done right.
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