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Everything You Should Know About Soybean Seed Treatments

Mar 19, 2021


Your seed purchase is arguably the biggest input cost you’ll face, so it makes sense to protect that investment. Applying a seed treatment helps mitigate early-season risks, such as planting into cool, wet soils, and defends the seed against soilborne insects and fungal diseases. As farmers have moved toward earlier planting to maximize yield, seed treatments have become essential for establishing uniform stands and for reducing replant risks. Protecting seed from early-season stress is key for late-season yield.


Four soilborne fungal pathogens — Pythium, Phytophthora, Rhizoctonia and Fusarium — are native to all North American soils. Under favorable conditions, these diseases can infect emerging crops, leading to early-season root rots, reduced vigor and poor plant stands. A seed treatment that includes a broad spectrum of fungicides to control these pathogens can help limit early-season losses.
For soybeans, Warden CX seed treatment can help protect against yield-robbing diseases. In addition to containing three different fungicides, the rates selected are optimized to give maximum residual control of early season diseases like Phytophthora and Pythium. Warden CX also includes Cruiser insecticide with the patented Thiamethoxam Vigor effect for improved plant quality, stronger stems and larger root mass. Answer Plot trial data from nine locations in 2014 showed an average 3.4-bushels-per-acre yield advantage when soybeans were treated with Warden CX compared to untreated seed.
Seed treatments can help protect your investment, reduce the risk of replant, help defend against diseases and insects, and help shield crops from suboptimal field conditions. Choosing the right seed treatment can result in better germination and more uniform stands, and it is a cost-effective way to help maximize yield potential. Speak with your local Centra Sota Crop Advisor to find out which seed treatment options are right for your acres.

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