Seed treatments as insurance for good standing


Agronomist LG Seeds says they can protect against threats like Pythium

LG Seeds agronomist Steve Crafton compares seed treatment to a good health insurance policy. (Photo provided)

WESTFIELD, Ind. — Why is seed treatment important? “Seed treatment is a guarantee of good condition,” says Steve Crafton, an agronomist at LG Seeds with more than three decades of experience.

He elaborates, “Seed treatment is a tool in our toolbox that helps us keep insects out and protect against soil-borne diseases early in the season.” While they cannot protect against problems caused by planting too deep or too shallow or not having good seed-to-soil contact, they do protect against diseases and pests that can threaten corn and soybean crops. “Making the stand is the most important thing,” emphasizes Crafton.

Different packages offer different protection

Seed treatment packages vary in chemical composition and rate of protection and nutrients, giving farmers options to meet their unique challenges. LG Seeds offers four different ones corn seed treatment bagswhich Crafton explains as follows:

  • Acceleron® 250: Basic seed treatment using the P250 Poncho rate® an insecticide that controls soil-borne diseases, as well as wireworms and grubs. It protects against early fertilizing and helps the rooting and establishment of plantations.
  • Acceleron® 500: This is double the P250 Poncho rate®and also includes Votivo®insecticide. This combination works against wireworms, grubs, blackworm and many different types of nematodes.
  • Agroshchit® ST: This package provides good control of pests and soil-borne insects and diseases early in the season. Thiamethoxam insecticide in a dose of 250 provides better protection against seedling damage.
  • Agroshchit® Max: This doubles the amount of thiometaxam, increasing protection against soil-borne diseases, early pests and nematodes. Nutrient zinc is a key addition to this package.

The power of zinc

Crafton prefers AgriShield® Max because it “maximizes your defense against early-season threats and includes the nutrient zinc to help boost yields.” This increase in productivity is not anecdotal. “Seven years of data show that adding zinc increased yield by an average of 3.2 bushels per acre,” he says. “If corn is $5, that’s over $15 an acre.”

Crafton explains that the yellowing phase typically occurs when a corn plant transitions from supporting seed roots to nodal roots. He says, “Zinc helps the plant stay green by avoiding that little stutter and forcing the knotty root system down to grab those nutrients and green up again.”

Seed treatment protects against Pythium

As farmers in the Corn Belt focus on planting crops earlier and earlier, seedling blight Pythium which is associated with cool, moist soils is of increasing concern. Pythium can also be a problem for operations with cover crops and limited or no tillage.

Economic losses from root rot and seedling damage are significant. They cost farmers in the United States and Ontario more than 100 million bushels each year, with Pythium doing more damage than fusarium and Rhizactonia combined.1

Therefore, all new LG Seeds products are processed Vaiantis® seed treatment with fungicides, “advanced control technologies Pythium“, – believes Crafton. Fungicide seed treatment provides a new mode of action that effectively combats all known Pythium species in the United States

“Given that, Vayantis added® protecting our seeds will be great for getting good condition and will help protect the seedlings from pythium“, – believes Crafton. He says this allows the crop to realize more of its yield potential.

Contact your local LG Seeds agronomist for guidance on selecting the best seed and seed treatment package for your acre.

— Family LG Seed treatments as insurance for good standing

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