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Protecting early planted soybeans

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AUDIO: Thad Hayes, Valent USA

Planting soybeans early was the hype among growers attending Commodity Classic 2018. The Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network talks to a crop protection and pest management company about the challenges growers could face with early planting.

Thad Hayes serves as seed protection business manager for Valent USA. Hayes says early planted soybeans could experience growth issues. He adds the crop could also fall to early season seedling diseases and insects.

“When we have cold, wet springs – Phthium is most prevalent and seeds may not germinate,” Hayes said. “When you see premature death right after emergence, that can be the Pythium species coming in. Phytophthora can also come in at that time. We need to have protection throughout the whole early timeframe of the soybean plant’s life to get ultimate production out of those genetics.”

Valent USA helps growers protect seed from early season seedling diseases and insects with INTEGO™.

“We have a product named INTEGO™ Suite Soybeans. It’s a dual mode of action Pro-Pythium and Phytophthora,” Hayes said. “It gives us protection against sensitive Pythium species and unheard of Phytophthora control. We have another product called Aveo EZ which is our new nematicide seed treatment. We can add into that for (Soybean) Cyst Nematode, Reniform Nematode and Root Knot Nematode.”

Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) is the number one yield reducing pest in soybeans today. Hayes says growers need to be proactive in treating nematodes.

“We have a biological nematicide we can add in. It’s a low-use rate and highly concentrated, so it provides good protection. It grows along the roots throughout the season. The product will colonize along the roots, and prevent juveniles from entering the roots and stop any translocating of water or nutrients into the plant,” Hayes said.