SEED TREATMENT FOR SOYBEANS, CORN AND CANOLA

At the start of the season, it is important for farmers to safeguard their soybean, corn and canola crops against harmful pests and diseases. By helping ward off these threats, a robust seed treatment package that incorporates insect and disease control products, as well as ingredients that help boost plant establishment and root growth will result in healthier plants that give your crop the best opportunity to thrive.

MAJOR SOYBEAN THREATS

There are many insects that soybean growers should protect themselves against during early season. They include: seed corn maggots, white grubs, Japanese beetle grubs, soybean aphids and wireworm. Soybean disease threats include: seedling blights caused by fusarium, pythium and rhizoctonia pathogens, Phytophthora root rot and soybean sudden death syndrome.

SOYBEAN SEED TREATMENT

Utilizing a soybean seed treatment that includes both insecticide and fungicide ingredients will reduce the chances of an early season yield lag occurring in your crop. Adding inoculants in your seed treatment package will also benefit your soybean crop by helping to create nodules that fix nitrogen.

MAJOR CORN THREATS

Corn growers should protect themselves against the following insect pests during early season: wireworms, northern and western corn rootworms, grubs, black cutworms, corn flea beetles and seed corn maggots. Corn disease threats include: pythium damping off, rhizoctonia and fusarium seedling blight.

CORN SEED TREATMENT

As with soybeans, seed treatments that combine insecticides and fungicides will provide the best early season protection for your corn crop. For years, neonicotinoid pesticides have been the favoured method for insect control in corn, but neonic restrictions in Ontario now require growers to utilize scouting and bait traps in order to use the chemicals. An alternative option is to apply products that utilize diamide as an active ingredient, such as Fortenza® or DuPont™ Lumivia®.

MAJOR CANOLA THREATS

Flea beetles and cutworms are two key pests that can do significant damage early in the canola plant life cycle. The crucifer flea beetle and the striped flea beetle are important insects to watch for, and there are also many varieties of cutworms that can affect canola. Common seedling disease complexes in canola are rhizoctonia, fusarium and pythium.

CANOLA SEED TREATMENT

In a high pest and disease pressure situation, a recommended option is Visivio™ Seed Treatment. Visivio’s strong disease package includes four different fungicides that protect against most seedling diseases your field may be exposed to. Its two group 4 insecticides, thiamethoxam and sulfoxaflor, offer the best protection for flea beetles, and if cutworms are a concern, cyantraniliprole can be added as a third active ingredient.

Canola growers can also consider adding a biological component to their seed treatment packages. Biological products like JumpStart® and QuickRoots® will help increase availability and uptake of essential nutrients in the soil, providing a further boost to your crop’s yield potential.

 

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