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How Can I Decide Whether A Soybean Seed Treatment Pays Off?

Dec 17, 2010

Question: I’m seeing more and more information about seed treatments for soybeans. Can you give me some ideas on how to decide whether I should use one next spring?

Answer: There is no simple answer, though the value of soybeans can help you determine the best decision for your operation. We also like the way Ohio State University plant pathologist Anne Dorrance answers this question: “Has the field ever needed replanting? Is it poorly drained? Is it in no-till production? How many years out of the past five have soybeans been planted? If you answer yes to any of these questions; or, if soybeans have been planted at least three of the past five years, there’s a very good chance you’ll see a return on your seed treatment investment.”
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