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Extending protection against disease and insects

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AUDIO: Lynn Justesen, Arysta LifeScience

Planting crops early comes with challenges. A company specializing in innovative crop protection and life science brands discusses ways to control soil diseases and insects from planting to reproduction.

Lynn Justesen serves as technical sales specialist for Arysta LifeScience. Justesen talks about two seed treatments: a fungicide, Tepera and fungicide plus insecticide, Tepera Plus. Both products cater to corn and soybeans, and offer extended crop protection.

“As we start planting earlier and reduce tillage – we’re putting that (seed) into a tougher environment,” Justesen said. “Seed treatments work great, but for 21 to 28 days. These particular fungicides give us a 122-day half-life within the soil. That 221-day half-life will get us from the time you plant, in most cases, to the reproductive stage. If we can get to the reproductive stage, we’ve affected some plant health and continued to keep disease out of that crop.”

Justesen says growers can expect to see a two-to-1 to five-to-one return on investment with protection reaching into the R1 and R3 stages in soybeans. He further explains the returns growers will receive after using Tepera and Tepera Plus.

“In independent, replicated trials – we’ve seen nearly an 11 bushel add with Tepara Plus on corn, and a four-and-a-half bushel add on soybeans. The fungicide alone is bringing seven-and-a-half bushels to corn and three to soybeans,” Justesen said.