What's In Your Soybean Treatment?

With all the soybean seed treatment options available, you might be wondering which treatments will deliver the best return on your investment. The answer will depend on your agronomic challenges and yield objectives.
The goal of seed treatment is to provide early-season protection against pests that can reduce early plant vigor and health, hurting stands and yield potential, especially when planting early into cool, wet soils.
Among early-season fungal pathogens in soybeans, Pythium can cause seed decay that results in plant death before emergence. Rhizoctonia, Phytophthora and Fusarium species cause root and stem rot in soybeans.
That’s why we recommend using a soybean seed treatment that includes fungicides effective against those pathogens. With the exception of Phytophthora, soybeans carry little genetic resistance against early-season fungal diseases. That makes using the right seed treatment an important step in protecting yield potential.
Insects can also pose a threat to early soybean development. A seed treatment that includes an effective insecticide can be useful in high-risk situations, including:
  • When planting into fields transitioning out of pasture, Conservation Reserve Program use or grassland, which may harbor populations of soil pests including wireworms and white grubs that can’t be controlled with foliar insecticides.
  • When planting into fields heavy in organic material like weeds, manure or green cover crops, since seedcorn maggot populations may be high.
  • When planting specialty soybeans, including food-grade varieties or those grown for seed, where insect-vectored disease can hurt crop quality.
Soybeans that get a vigorous start are more resilient when stress strikes later in the season. Contact us to discuss seed treatment options that will help protect your crops from early-season stress.