Leverage seed treatments and traits to help you protect yields and your bottom line
For many growers, seed is the most important purchase made all season long. Buying quality seed is the first step toward a good year and strong yields come harvest. Like any big investment, you want to protect your assets. Leveraging a full portfolio of crop protection products with people and programs from BASF can help you have your best season yet by focusing on protecting your seed from the ground up.
Dress your seed for success
Dressing for success in the field can mean throwing on anything from your most trusted pair of boots to the hat that’s seen every harvest since 2000 and is showing its age. But dressing your seeds for success means selecting a seed treatment that will start protecting your crop the moment it hits the soil. In addition to selecting tolerant varieties, seed treatments are an important line of defense against yield-robbing diseases like soybean cyst-nematode (SCN), sudden death syndrome (SDS), root rot and other nematodes. Aggressive pests like SCN and SDS often fly under the radar, showing no visible symptoms until it’s too late.
For many, SDS is a top concern going into the season, and understandably so. Over the last five years, average annual damage caused by SDS has cost soybean growers more than 44 million bushels in lost yield, and the spread of the disease continues to climb. SDS has been documented in almost every state where soybeans are grown. While reported losses often represent 20-30 percent of a crop, yields can be cut by more than 70 percent. And once the soilborne fungus causing SDS is present in a field, it doesn’t go away and can be spread by soil movement to neighboring fields.
Applying a seed treatment like ILeVO® seed treatment from BASF to your tolerant soybean varieties can help your soybeans withstand soil pathogens and get off on the right foot this growing season. Even in the absence of foliar symptoms, ILeVO seed treatment has been proven to help produce stronger, healthier plants by protecting against root rot from the fungus that causes SDS. Trials show yields are 2-10 bushels per acre higher when ILeVO is used, depending on nematode pressure and SDS severity.
Selecting traits to optimize weed control options
The soybean seed variety you chose for 2019 will play a large role in selecting a weed management platform as you plan for the coming season. With various seed traits on the market, it’s important to know which herbicides will work best with your beans to optimize weed control in your fields. For example, Credenz® has a broad range of varieties for specific grower needs, including the latest technologies like LibertyLink® GT27TM and LibertyLink. LibertyLink GT27 and LibertyLink soybean varieties give you the superior performance of Liberty® herbicide and glyphosate to enhance your postemergence weed control. For growers who choose a dicamba-tolerant trait, an advanced dicamba product, like Engenia® herbicide, plus an approved glyphosate, can help achieve great weed control.
Luckily, BASF’s expansive soybean portfolio doesn’t end here. Check back next month to learn more about how you can protect your seed investment from insects, diseases and other plant stressors in part two of this article. In the meantime, connect with your BASF representative to learn more about how you can leverage the full BASF soybean portfolio in 2019, or visit GrowSmartSoybeans.com to learn more. Not sure who your rep is? Find them here.
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