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What benefits do seed treatments offer?

by Ben Nuelle LISTEN: Money Matters 7-19-16

Today we dive into the benefits of seed treatment for soybeans.

Mike McCarville is a seed growth tech service rep with Bayer Crop Science. He says he’s getting a lot of calls from growers who planted untreated soybeans this year.

“We’re seeing a lot of phytophthora show up across the Midwest the last couple of weeks. It’s been pretty wet and pretty hot and the right environment for that disease to come in so we are seeing a lot of damping off and wilting in the plants.”

McCarville says Sudden Death Syndrome is another issue to watch out for this year.

He says SDS starts to move-in after planting.

“Early on you can dig up roots and start to see root rot. It’s very heavy root rot pathogen. You’ll see the lateral roots get pruned back and see fewer hairs. Then as we get later into the season the root rot keeps going.”

McCarville says if it rains during that time you’ll start to see a toxin the fungus produces causing yellowing and browning of the leaves.

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