Starting in 2022, soybean growers will be able to protect their crops against twice as many damaging pests with Lumiderm, Pioneer’s new insecticide seed treatment.
Brad Van Kooten is the Seed Treatment Category Leader at Pioneer. He said that seed has the most genetic yield potential when it arrives on the farm. As such, they seek to aid farmers by maintaining that maximum genetic potential.
Lumiderm provides several other advantages over Gaucho seed treatment, including a consistent 1 to 2 bu/acre yield advantage in multi-year trials and an 8% reduction in plant stand gaps. Lumiderm also works exceptionally well when paired with Gaucho seed treatment and other seed-applied products in fields with heavy insect pressure.
“Growers — especially those who prefer to plant early — want better protection from emerging pest pressure during the early critical growth stage,” Van Kooten said. “Getting soybeans off to a strong start with less insect pressure is key to developing healthier root systems and fuller and more uniform plant stands; and helping to maximize yield potential.”
Additionally, Lumiderm isn’t just for focusing on realizing higher soybean yield potential. It’s also a great fit for growers who plant cover crops.
“Cover crops can be an important part of a sustainable agriculture system by suppressing weeds, preserving nitrogen and improving soil quality, but they also can attract increased and broader insect populations to decaying crop residue and cover crop plants,” Van Kooten said. “Lumiderm reduces the risk of stand loss issues in fields with cover crops with its enhanced protection against heavy insect pressure.”
Growers can contact their local Pioneer sales representative to help accurately determine if their fields are good candidates for seed treatments. For more information on premium soybean seed treatments, visit Pioneer.com.