November 24, 2020

Seed Treatments Pay Off for Local Growers

MaxYield Seed treatment

Matt Keel, seed solutions specialist for MaxYield’s east area, works with one of the new seed treaters.

It’s no secret that the yield-robbing soybean cyst nematode (SCN) tends to thrive in high pH areas. There are a lot of high pH areas in MaxYield Cooperative’s trade territory, especially east of Highway 71. There’s a new solution to this challenge, though.

“We’ve been adding nematicide in the form of VOTiVO® seed treatment to control SCN in the past several years,” said Kurt Metzger, a MaxYield seed solutions specialist. “As a result, we’ve been seeing less SCN damage, especially in the high pH areas.”

A seed treatment of VOTiVO with Poncho® fungicide protects young plants during the critical early development stages, leading to healthier root development and a more vigorous, uniform crop. The treatment is absorbed by new roots immediately, before pests like early-season aphids, overwintering bean leaf beetles, and other pests can strike.

“All it takes is less than a half-bushel of yield to pay for the VOTiVO investment, and this payoff has occurred in nearly 74% of field trials,” said Metzger. VOTiVO typically adds at least a 1.5-bushel yield bump, compared to a seed treatment with insecticide only. A combination of VOTiVO and an insecticide often leads to a yield bump of two bushels or more, Metzger added.

Protect your seed investment

Poncho/VOTiVO employs a biological mode of action with a unique bacteria strain that lives and grows with young roots, creating a living barrier that keeps SCN from reaching the root. Poncho/VOTiVO complements soybean seed with genetic resistance to SCN, making it an ideal partner for any integrated pest management (IPM) program.

MaxYield Seed treatmentThe right combination of seed treatments (which can include an insecticide, fungicide, and/or nematicide) for your acres can pay off in more ways than one, Metzger said. “We talk about investing $13 to $15 an acre on seed treatment, which often creates a 3- to 4-bushel yield bump. At $12 beans, that’s a two-to-one return.”

John Weiskircher knows the value of seed treatments. “I’ve been using seed treatments for years,” said Weiskircher, who farms in the Spencer/Fostoria area. “They help get the crop off to a good start and protect against diseases.”

After excessive rains drowned out some parts of his field in the spring of 2013, Weiskircher used seed treatments on the soybeans in his replant acres. He appreciates MaxYield’s expertise when it comes to keeping up with new products and choosing the best seed treatments for his needs. “This stuff changes so fast, and I rely on Kurt to help me.”

Metzger encourages you to try Poncho/VOTiVO on a trial basis to see how it works on some of your acres. He also encourages you to work with your local MaxYield seed solutions specialist to select the right seed treatments for your farm’s unique needs.

“I’m not worried about a seed treatment’s return on investment on the day you plant, Metzger said. “It tends to pay off around late May/early June, when extreme weather can go from cool and wet to hot and dry in the span of a few days or weeks. Seed treatments protect your seed investment against these extremes, especially wet conditions, to help maximize the bushels you’ll harvest this fall.”

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