Under negative conditions, seed treatment can be the difference between a solid stand and failure. Phytophthora, Rhizoctonia, Pythium and Fusarium are the most common seedling diseases in our area. Solid seed treatment is cheap insurance to help you sleep well at night.
It’s no secret that we are big believers in protecting your input investment with a high quality, specially formulated seed treatment. If you haven’t heard our reasoning, check out this blog.
In this series, I’ll focus on the top yield-robbing seedling diseases we see in North Dakota, Minnesota & South Dakota. My goal is to help you understand what contributes to these diseases and what you can do to manage them on your farm.
Today we’ll start with Phytophthora.
Many diseases are lined up throughout the season to take down your yields. An investment in seed treatment protects a soybean varieties’ maximum yield potential. For a grower on the fence about the added expense, I’d suggest dropping the population to pay for treatment rather than the extra seed cost—not something you would expect a seed company to say!
If you have questions about what you’re seeing in your fields, seed placement or seed treatment, drop me a line at Rick@PetersonFarmsSeed.com.