What do an Olympic Athlete and a Soybean Plant Have in Common?

Published on: 10:59AM Sep 05, 2012

No, this isn’t the punch line of a bad joke. Believe it or not, soybeans have more in common with Michael Phelps than you may think. As many of you know, Phelps beat the world record for the number of gold medals achieved during an Olympian’s career. Many attribute his success to his physique: height, narrow torso and long arms. Like an Olympic swimmer, high yields in soybeans are often attributed to their structure: extended roots, strong stems and large foliage. Although the summer Olympics won’t be back until 2016, soybean growers still have to plan for the upcoming 2013 growing season.

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For many soybean plants, Rhizoctonia could keep them from reaching their Olympic potential this upcoming growing season. This soilborne disease can cause seed rot, root rot and lesions on the germinating seedling. Rhizoctonia damping-off generally occurs during seed germination, but the stem rot phase can occur at any stage. According to Ohio State University Extension, it thrives under a wide range of moistures and temperatures. Damage from this disease results in soybean yield loss. Premature death of diseased plants is also a possibility.

To control this disease, Syngenta will offer CruiserMaxx® Beans insecticide/fungicide, a combination of separately registered products, applied with new Vibrance™ fungicide seed treatment for the 2013 growing season. Providing enhanced disease protection with best-in-class Rhizoctonia activity, growers won’t be disappointed with CruiserMaxx Beans applied with Vibrance. Protecting a soybean’s roots may not win a gold medal in the Olympics, but it will earn high-yielding profits.

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